Science Museum Presents “Geopalooza! A Hard Rock Anthology”

May 29, 2008

Discover the full spectrum of nature’s minerals – from tiny trilobite fossils to gigantic cathedral geodes – at Geopalooza! A Hard Rock Anthology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Drive, through Aug. 24. The exhibit features massive geodes weighing thousands of pounds presented alongside meteorites, minerals and fossils.

“Geopalooza! A Hard Rock Anthology spotlights all manner of the Earth’s natural treasures. Walk through a room filled with rare meteorites, marvel at intricately preserved trilobites and discover some of the world’s most beautiful minerals,” said Joel A. Bartsch, president of the Houston Museum of Natural Science and curator of gems and minerals. “It’s the ultimate rock experience.”

The interactive exhibit allows visitors to touch the metallic surface of a meteorite that has traveled millions of miles, select a geode and see it cracked open and pan for gold. Children ages 3 – 11 can put on their paleontologist hats to dig fossil replicas in the dig pit.

The collection of fossils includes giant prehistoric fish, reptiles, and trilobites, and the mineral collection includes a selection of fluorescent minerals that glow in every color of the rainbow.

Local funding for Geopalooza! A Hard Rock Anthology is provided by Spectra Energy and Weatherford International Ltd.

Tickets for the special exhibition are $15 for adults; $10 for children (3 – 11), seniors (62+), and college students with a valid ID; $7 Museum members; $3 school groups; and $8 for groups of 20 or more, and include admission to the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals. For tickets, or more information, visit www.hmns.org or call 713-639-4629.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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