Interested in exploring 450 million years of Hoosier history? The IGWS offers displays of Indiana rocks, minerals, and fossils for learners of all ages. Rotating exhibits on earth science topics are open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. within the east lobby of the Geology Building.

After you explore the exhibits, dig deeper into our collections with the Learning Lab, an experiential learning center that brings our collections out of storage for hands-on discovery. Part museum, part lab, and part classroom, the Learning Lab is where you can discover thousands of rocks, minerals, and fossils and participate in interactive activities. The Learning Lab is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday in Room 1011 of the Geology Building.

Extend your visit by touring the limestone architecture of the Indiana University campus. Download a self-guided walking tour or click here to explore the tour on your computer screen or phone. For extra fun, complete the Limestone Owl Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a prize.

Current Exhibitions

eARTh: March 2022–August 2022

The natural world has always been depicted in art form. Discover the Survey's history of scientific illustrations and view artwork from our collections.

Research Spotlight: Indiana Water Balance Network

Water connects us all. Learn how IGWS geologists are monitoring atmospheric, soil, and groundwater parameters with this student-curated exhibit on the Indiana Water Balance Network.

Digital Exhibitions

Coming Soon! eARTh: The Art of Earth Science

Scientific illustration is the visual representation of scientific concepts. Discover the Survey's history of scientific illustrations and view artwork from our collections.

Resurrecting Megajeff: Uncovering the Hidden History of IU's Lost Megalonyx jeffersonii

"Megajeff" is a nearly complete skeleton of a Megalonyx jeffersonii giant ground sloth that once existed within the natural history collections at Indiana University. Surviving fossilization, railroad transport, and fire, the specimen was ultimately destroyed by a lack of understanding of the importance of natural history collections. This digital exhibit was supported by the Office of the Bicentennial.