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Support Ohio’s Geological Legacy: The Orton Geological Museum, Founded in 1874 by Ohio State’s first president, Edward Orton.

For more than 120 years, the Orton Geological Museum has played an important role in teaching, outreach, and research: 

  • Hosting more than 13,000 visitors annually – including Ohio State students, K-12 school groups, scouts, community groups, and scientists from around the world.

Exhibit hall displays have changed little since installation in 1983. It is time for a facelift that our STEM outreach deserves. We need your help to make possible a complete renovation and modernization of museum display space—rocks, minerals, fossils, and Ohio geology. 

This updating has the potential to double or triple Orton’s visitors, enhancing the teaching, research, and outreach missions of The Ohio State University.

Contact Dr. Loren Babcock ( with questions.

Please make checks payable to The Ohio State University (Orton Museum Support Fund #308759). Mail to: School of Earth Sciences, 125 South Oval Mall, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, Attn: Loren Babcock

You can also donate online.

Your support of the Orton Geological Museum will help to educate the next generation of scientists and custodians of our precious geological heritage.