Augustana's Fryxell Geology Museum has its roots in the 19th century as a natural history collection established by the College's first professor of science. The museum has become one of the largest and finest collections of rocks, minerals and fossils in the Midwest. Begun in the late 1880s with a modest natural history collection, the museum now boasts over 1,500 rock, mineral, and fossil specimens.
On display are a complete skeleton of a Platecarpus "sea serpent", skulls of Parasaurolophus, Ankylosaurus, Apatosaurus, Allosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex and a 2-billion-year-old fossil!
Of particular interest is a state-of-the-art fluorescent mineral display and an exhibit of the complete 22-foot long skeleton of Cryolophosaurus, a large crested carnivorous dinosaur discovered in Antarctica in 1991 by Augustana paleontologist Dr. William Hammer.
View glowing minerals, meet a one-of-a-kind dinosaur, and take a walk through Earth’s history as told by its rocks, minerals and fossils at Augustana College's Fryxell Geology Museum.