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DUNN - SEILER MUSEUM

The Dunn-Seiler Geology Museum houses mineral and rock collections, meteorites, and extensive fossil displays that facilitate viewer understanding of the 4.6 billion year history of our planet.  Visitors can learn about mineral families and properties, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, mass extinctions and asteroids, karst, plate tectonics, and Mississippi's geology.  The Dunn-Seiler displays a Triceratops skull replica, a Cretaceous crocodile skull, and many fossils from Mississippi and the Southeast.  Over 1,000 visitors, ranging in age from 8 to 70+, visit the Dunn-Seiler every year.  While the majority of visitors are school students between grades 3 and 9, the museum has something for everyone. Museum tours, presentations, and fossil excursions can be arranged by calling the Department of Geosciences office at (662) 325-3915. Individuals wishing to utilize specimens for research should contact Amy Moe Hoffman, Collections Manager.

The first collections in the Dunn-Seiler museum date to the late 1800's.  In 1946, the Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning passed a resolution which granted authority to develop the Franklin Seiler Museum.  Mr. Franklin Carl Seiler (19161945),  a geology student and later instructor within the department, was killed in action during WW II in Europe.  In 1962, the museum was renamed the Dunn-Seiler Museum in recognition of the efforts of Dr. Paul Heaney Dunn (18951967), who was department head from 1934 to 1962 and whose efforts led to the development of the museum.
 
   
 
  2014 National Fossil Day Contest

Mississippi's Geologic Timeline (PowerPoint) (PDF)
 

Top Picture - Triceratops skull; middle row (left to right) - wavellite (Arkansas), mastodon molars, quartz geode; bottom row (left to right) - ammonite (Lowndes county Mississippi), amethyst and dolomite (Nevada), smilodon skull.

Museum Faculty

Renee Clary

Associate Professor

Geology & Geoscience Education

Director, Dunn-Seiler Museum

rclarygeosci.msstate.edu

101D Hilbun Hall

 
 

Amy Moe Hoffman

Instructor

Geology

Curator & Collections Manager, Dunn-Seiler Museum

apm105msstate.edu

301F Hilbun Hall


Hours of Operation, Fall 2014

 
 
 

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Department of Geosciences • 108 Hilbun Hall • P.O. Box 5448 • Mississippi State, MS 39762-5448

phone: 662-325-3915 • fax: 662-325-9423