Schmaltz Geology and Mineral Museum

  • A photo of the exterior of the Schmaltz Museum

    The Lloyd J. Schmaltz Geology and Mineral Museum ranks high on students' lists of favorite places on campus. The museum houses 40 exhibits and contains nearly 600 specimens, making it the most extensive collection of its kind in southwest Michigan.

  • Museum founder and a former student stand next to a coelacanth exhibit

    Dr. Lloyd Schmaltz and former student, Dr. Julie Stein, stand with the coelacanth exhibit they prepared for the museum together in the 1970s. Dr. Stein is now the executive director of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle.

  • A shark jaw is pictured

    Among its many collections, the Schmaltz Geology and Mineral Museum includes the highly popular Kelley Collection of Modern and Fossil Shark Teeth.

  • A child looks at minerals in the museum

    The Schmaltz Museum's collection of minerals is a regular stop on campus tours. It also provides instructional opportunities for young geologists, like these CoreKids students.

  • The augmented reality sandbox is pictured

    The Augmented Reality Sandbox is the newest addition to the Schmaltz Museum. The ARS is an interactive feature that allows visitors to learn about geography, geology and hydrology through manipulating the sand and observing the resulting features.

Located on the first floor of Rood Hall in the Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University, the Lloyd J. Schmaltz Geology and Mineral Museum displays an impressive collection of rocks, minerals and fossils from Michigan and throughout the world.



Museum Collections

  • The Kelley Collection of fossil and modern shark teeth
  • The James Duncan mineral collection
  • A Michigan copper boulder
  • An ultraviolet fluorescent display
  • Mastodon fossils from Van Buren County, MI
  • World-class fossil and mineral specimens
  • An interactive augmented reality sandbox

Visit the museum

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors are asked to be considerate of classes in session in the building.
Parking: The parking lot near Rood Hall is only for permitted vehicles. For parking information, please visit Parking Services.
More information: Contact Tom Howe.
Updates: Follow the museum on Facebook.