Madison, Wisconsin: Fluorescent Rock Room

Push a button and the rocks glow. Also here: dinosaur fossils, two mammoth skeletons discovered by children, and a fake cave.

University of Wisconsin Geology Museum

Address:
1215 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI
Directions:
University of Wisconsin Geology Museum. Museum entrance door is about a hundred yards south of W. Dayton St., on the west side of N. Charter St.
Hours:
M-F 8:30-4:30, Sa 9-1 (Call to verify)
Phone:
608-262-1412
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Fluorescent Rock Room.

Fluorescent Rock Room

UW's Geology Museum includes dinosaur fossils, two mammoth skeletons discovered by children, and an artificial cave. The jewel of the collection, however, is the Fluorescent Rock Room. Enter and see shelves of dull grayish rocks, but press the black light button on the wall and be transported to a day-glo disco world of the grooviest minerals in town! They light up green, orange, and purple depending on UV wave length. Educational and psychedelic.

[Kathryn Spindler, 06/03/2018]

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