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Weis Earth Science Museum, Menasha

#15 of 19 in Childrens Museums in Wisconsin
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The Weis isn’t your grandfather’s museum full of dusty old glass cases — although we’ve got some really old stuff here!

Imagine a museum where you can make an earthquake, walk through a mine tunnel, shoot off a quarry blast, touch a dinosaur bone, and make it rain!

That’s the Weis!

And everyone — from the advanced collector to the youngster who just started picking up rocks — will be amazed at the marvelous minerals and fabulous fossils on display, too.

While you’re having lots of hands-on, interactive fun, you’ll discover that there were once volcanoes, mountains and tropical reefs right here in Wisconsin. In fact, you’ll learn that every rock tells a story, and you can read them yourself!
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  • If you like science museums. If you like rocks, dinosaurs, the history of the earth, etc...Then this place is for you. You just need an hour. Great and Friendly staff. Well worth the stop and a cheap....  more »
  • Visited the museum with our grandchildren. Nice small place with plenty of things to see. Kids didn't get bored with it and especially enjoyed the dinosaurs. Grandpa liked it too.  more »
  • I admit, I went hoping to find pretty rocks and minerals...but there was so much more! This was not just a great geologic history of the EARTH review, but they had many exhibits fine-tuned to the LOCAL AREA. The Great Lakes, Wisconsin's Glacial History, The Niagara Escarpment, the MINING history and its importance in the BADGER STATE. They had a fair representation of fossils (including dinosaur stuff) for a museum this size. It's not a huge place - but we took our time and enjoyed it for about 2 hours. If you have more time, you can relax at a show in the BARLOW PLANETARIUM - right down the hall. We really enjoyed it.
  • Surprisingly good sized museum. Went here on a Tuesday during the day. It is inside the UW- Fox Cities campus. Nice little museum with a lot of stuff to see. It is very reasonable cost I think it was $3 for adults and $2 for kids/Seniors (65+). While it might be boring if kids are too young, there is lots of dinosaur bones that can be touched, and a few other interactive exhibits. If you looked at every exhibit and read everything it would probably take about 45 minutes to see everything. It is very impressive for being a museum on a college campus. Lots of information on the history of the land that is Wisconsin but from an Earth Science spin so what happened billions of years ago to even more recent meteor landings. It is right next to the planetarium so you can easily see both in an afternoon if you wished to do so. There is also a little gift shop if you wanted to get a little trinket. Come check out this place if you need something to do on a rainy day and want to learn a little about the Earth.

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