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“Rock Central”

Miller Museum of Geology
Ranked #36 of 71 things to do in Kingston
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Reviewed 2 June 2016

All that glitters ... very extensive collection of rock samples. Along with fossilized remains from plant to sea creatures. All housed in a University building. Good history lesson. Very tactile experience. A must see if you are into geology and crystals.

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Reviewed 10 November 2015

This museum is located on the Queen's University campus in Miller Hall. For such a small museum it covers a wide range of geological and earth science topics, especially paleontology and mineralogy. Apparently it's mostly used by local school groups but is certainly appropriate for families. There are a number on hands-on activities (a number of items children are encouraged to touch!)
It's clear that the museum doesn't get much funding and is kept going by a small dedicated staff (one professor I believe) and students – they do a great job with the resources they have.
Another item for those interested in museum curation – the museum has a wonderful collection of vintage display cabinets. It's like walking into a museum maybe 80 or more years ago: wonderful cabinetry and display cases. I hope those remain part of the collection!

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Reviewed 1 November 2015

I brought my seven-year-old who is very interested in minerals and she loved it. There are a lot of samples on display as well as some educational dioramas and infographics, and a significant dinosaur/paleontology section which was an unexpected bonus. One of the geology professors was working in a nearby office and very kindly came out and brought my daughter some mineral samples that she could handle. She said this museum was one of the highlights of our Kingston visit.

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Reviewed 11 July 2015

Rocks and minerals, geodes and crystals, fossils and dinosaurs. It only takes up one floor, but there's enough to see. Best part is it's free. The prof on site was very willing to show specimens and discuss the differences between geology, archaeology, paleontology and anthropology....wonder why Sheldon Cooper looks down so much on the Geology Dept. It's fascinating stuff. Bazinga!!

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Reviewed 16 October 2014

If you are interested in Geology, this is the place for you.
This museum is on the main floor of the geology building at Queen's University. It is quite small and has a mixed collection. There is a standard issue collection of mineral specimens. These appear to have been there for decades. There are display boards on several topics including a comparison between the Grenville Mountains which are the ancient mountains at the root of the Canadian Shield and the Himalayan Mountains. Both were formed by similar processes. There is also a new room dedicated to dinosaurs and recent changes in thinking about dinosaurs.
I thought the best thing about the museum was the curator. He answered our questions in detail for 30 minutes and then photocopied some notes on local sites of geological interest. And it's all free!
What a great deal!

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