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A. Scott Warthin Museum of Geology & Natural History

The A. Scott Warthin Museum of Geology & Natural History was commissioned in 1862 at the request of Matthew Vassar and houses an extensive collection of rocks, minerals, fossils, and other items related to natural history.  For over 150 years, there have been many exciting additions to the original collection, reflecting contemporary interests.  Recent improvements include a permanent exhibit of the museum's beautiful collection of fluorescent minerals, as well as revolving displays of historical materials such as Blaschka glass invertebrates and Brendel paper mache flowers from the 1890's.  The museum serves as a resource not only for Earth Science courses but also for the larger Hudson Valley region.

Museum Hours and Location

The A. Scott Warthin Museum is open to all from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday when the College is in session. 

It is located in Ely Hall.  All display areas are wheelchair accessible via an outside ramp located at the north door of Ely Hall.

Special Arrangements

School groups, Scout troupes, and other organizations can be given an educational program suited to their interests or course of study by our museum staff.

Please call Lois Horst, Museum Curator, at 845-437-5540, or email at lohorst@vassar.edu, with questions or to make arrangements for a guided visit.  Hours are flexible with early arrangement.