LSM to showcase UL Geosciences exhibit

18-Jul-2013

LAFAYETTE, LA -- Part of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s School of Geosciences will be moving into new digs — literally.


  • One of the largest collections in the state consisting of rocks, minerals, and fossils that will be available for exploring in downtown Lafayette.
  • Unprecedented collaboration between the Lafayette Science Museum (LSM) and the UL Lafayette College of Geosciences.
  • An expansion of the Lafayette Science Museum and the start of a number of potential partnerships between it and other Lafayette organizations.
  • The continuation of LSM’s ability to be the showcase for everything science.
  • Part of UL Lafayette’s entry into downtown Lafayette and helping to further develop it. The partnership is tied to the comprehensive plan for downtown Lafayette.
  • Collection previously resided on the second floor of Madison Hall at UL Lafayette.
  • Will occupy 3,000 feet of the first floor of the museum for a minimum of 10 years.
  • Displays will rotate out regularly.
  • A portion of the second floor will be dedicated to interactive exhibits.
  • Possibility for more items to be added – including some larger fossils and research materials.
  • Will showcase the discovery, preparation, and display of rocks, minerals, and fossils – some of it occurring (for the first time in the state) live via museum monitors, demonstrations, and social media.
  • Both LSM and College of Geosciences are striving to “educate and entertain” people with a “View, Discover, and Do” model of exhibition for K-12, college students, and adults.  
  • Many donated items came from private collections, as well as researched finds. Both parties would love additional donations from collections.