Temporary Exhibits

The Weis hosts numerous temporary displays throughout the year. We currently have special cases devoted to mineral spheres from around the world, a fluorite collection from classic Illinois localities, and samplings from other newly acquired mineral collections.


This mini-exhibit highlights the geology and history of the Niagara Escarpment. It includes a game to see if you can match photos of the ledge to their location.

touching the earth exhibit poster


Touching the Earth is an exhibit where visitors can touch the rocks, minerals, fossils and maps.  This exhibit especially allows the blind and visually impaired visitor to learn more about the planet we live on.  A braille and large-print manual of exhibit text are available.  Funded in part by U. S. Venture and the Wisconsin Humanities Council through the Wisconsin Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Exhibit extended through December, 2014.


Permanent Exhibits

There are exhibits for visitors of all ages at the Weis, including many hands-on and interactive displays.

  • move continents
  • make an earthquake
  • shoot off a quarry blast
  • make it rain
  • and much more...T. rex skull

Visit our “Dinosaur Den” to discover

  • one of the best dinosaur nests on exhibit anywhere
  • a life-size skull replica of Stan, the Tyrannosaurus rex
  • a thigh bone of a duck-bill dinosaur that you can touch
  • a complete Psittacosaurus with stones in its gizzard — just like birds

         Explore Mines & Minerals

  • walk through a lead-mine tunnel
  • explore Wisconsin's mining history
  • discover how Native Americans mined copper
  • learn how we use rocks and minerals
  • marvel at beautiful minerals