Dig Deep into Wisconsin Geology at the Weis Earth Science Museum in Menasha

If your little scientist is all a-buzz about rocks, minerals, and geology, then the Weis Earth Science Museum is the perfect destination for your next family outing! This affordable gem of a Wisconsin geology museum is located right here in Menasha. You’ll learn about dinosaurs, fossils, the history of mining in Wisconsin, Wisconsin’s natural resources, and get an eye-ful of many stunning geodes and other rocks & minerals. Ready to explore? We’ve got all the details you need to make a family fun day of it!

Plan Your Visit: Weis Earth Science Museum

1478 Midway Rd, Menasha
uwosh.edu/weis

Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 12 pm – 4:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 4:30 pm
Closed Sunday through Tuesday

Admission to the museum is free for everyone, but cash donations listed below are suggested and appreciated:
Children (3-12 years): $1
Teens (13-17) & Seniors (60+): $2
Adults: $3
Children under 3, UW-Oshkosh students, staff & faculty are free

Parking & Directions: The Weis Earth Science Museum is located near the southwest corner of the UW-Oshkosh Fox Cities campus. Enter the building at the main entrance 1W (near the Barlow Planetarium), and take the first hallway on your right to get to the museum. FREE parking is available in the lot on the west side of the building.

Visiting with Young Children: The museum is child-friendly and stroller-friendly. There are plenty of hands-on experiences to keep littler explorers busy. The dino bones, fossils, mineral specimens, etc are all kept safely behind plexiglass, so you can feel free to bring those who like to explore by touching.

History of the Museum: The Weis Earth Science Museum is named after Leonard and Donna Weis, who provided the foundation financial gift for the museum’s inception. It was named the Official Mineralogical Museum of Wisconsin in 2000 by former Governor Tommy Thompson as the museum is unique is its focus on Wisconsin geology. The museum officially opened to the public in November of 2002.

The Museum Shop: This is such a fun place to shop for any rock or gem lover! Be sure to bring along a little money so that your kids can pick out a gem/stone of their choice (many are as inexpensive as $1). If you are on the look-out for a gift idea for your family’s geology-lover, look no further!

Nearby Fun

  • Barlow Planetarium, UW-Oshkosh Fox Cities campus: 1478 Midway Rd, Menasha
    • Come gaze upon the night’s sky with your family! They have awesome family-friendly events.
  • Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, 1305 Plank Rd
    • If you haven’t played in their mud kitchen or given the zip line a whirl, you simply haven’t lived! They also rent snowshoes in the wintertime.

Nearby Coffee & Treats

  • Koi Coffee &Tea, 204 Main St
    • Homemade bakery and specialty coffee all with a small children’s play area!
  • Shellattes, 330 N Commercial St
    • Super cute and cozy cafe offering indoor/outdoor patio seating, coffee drinks & bakery, and an assortment of used books & antiques available for purchase
Mural outside Weis Earth Science Museum

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