Events - 2019

Friday, October 25, 2019 — 12:00 PM to Saturday, October 26, 2019 — 5:00 PM EDT
Photo of mineral vendor table from above

Visit the University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Museum for our annual Gem and Mineral Show! 

Friday October 25th: 12 noon - 6 p.m.
Saturday October 26th: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

Join us on the first and second floors of the EIT building for two days of gems, minerals, fossils and jewellery.

Friday, July 19, 2019 — 9:00 AM to Sunday, July 21, 2019 — 5:00 PM EDT
Sudbury Rock & Lapidary Society

Join us at the Sudbury Gem and Mineral Show– Northern Ontario's largest gem, mineral, fossil, jewellery, bead and lapidary arts show and sale. There will be gem and mineral dealers as well as demonstrations and exhibits.

We will be bringing along the opportunity to learn about Ontario's complex geology, analyze snowflakes, and dig for real fossilized fish!


Sunday, May 5, 2019 — 1:30 PM EDT
Image from Peter Russell Rock Garden

Join us on Sunday, May 5th for a tour of the Peter Russell Rock Garden. Located in the heart of campus, the rock garden contains 70+ specimens from around the globe. Participants will learn about the history of Earth, mines and minerals of Canada as well as the unique rock structures of Ontario.

The 1.5 hour tour will led by the Earth Sciences Museum curator Peter Russell.

The tour will be from 1:30–3:00 PM and will begin and end at University of Waterloo, Parking Lot C (off of Seagram Drive). The walk includes paved surfaces throughout the campus and there is accessible parking available closer to the site. Pickup a ticket from Parking Services located on Ring Road.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 — 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT

Explore and marvel at the rocks, minerals, fossils and jewelry on display from local dealers. There are free hands on activities for children and complimentary gem identification by the Canadian Gemological Association. The Earth Sciences Museum will have minerals on display as well as a fossil fish dig for all ages.

Saturday, April 6, 2019 — 10:00 AM to Sunday, April 7, 2019 — 5:00 PM EDT

Join us at the Brantford Gem & Mineral Show at the Paris Fairgrounds. We will be hosting fossil fish digging, exploration geology, and hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 — 1:00 PM EDT
Albertosaurus Skeleton

Visit us on Wednesday, March 13th for some March Break dinosaur fun beginning at 1:00 P.M. The program is free and all ages are welcome! 

Please join us in the museum on the first floor of EIT (Centre for Environmental and Information Technology) in the Conestoga Rovers Learning Centre (the room with the dinosaurs!).

Saturday, February 16, 2019 — 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST
Class of children outside the mining tunnel

Join us in the Earth Sciences Museum on Saturday February 16th for free fun drop-in programs for kids and their families! We will be hosting two sessions during the day. Dinosaurs and Fossils in the morning and Rocks and Minerals in the afternoon.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (all day)

Come celebrate the wonder of the Earth Sciences on January 16th, 2019 by taking a selfie in our museum! Cozy up to your favourite rock or mineral, snap a picture, and post it to the hashtag #MuseumSelfie.

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Museum hours

Conestoga Rovers Learning Centre (the “Dino pit”) open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The museum’s main atrium, mining tunnel, Great Lakes fountain and stunning mineral exhibits open all day Monday to Friday and weekends from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Peter Russell Rock Garden (located outdoors) open to the public year round. Self-guided tours are available.

Admission is free! For more information, see Visit Us.

Scavenger hunts for kids ages 6 to 12+