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Visit The Museum

Admission to the Orton Geological Museum is open to all people, and free. The Museum Gallery is normally open to the public from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Occasionally, it is also open on Saturdays. If you are planning to visit on a Saturday, please phone ahead (614-292-6896) to determine whether the Gallery will be open to the public that day.

During breaks in the university's academic schedule, when the university is in not in session, the Museum Gallery normally maintains the same hours as the Orton Memorial Library of Geology. Commonly, however, the atrium of Orton Hall is open, and visitors can view the dinosaur skeleton. Orton Hall and the Orton Museum are closed on days when the university is closed, including holidays.

Orton Hall is located on the south side of The Oval, the central part of the academic campus. Orton Hall is the most distinctive building on The Oval, as it houses a bell tower containing the University Chimes. The chimes ring every 15 minutes, which helps to identify the location of Orton Hall from quite a distance. 

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On weekdays, the nearest parking is in the Ohio Union South Garage (1780 College Road South), which is located a short distance to the east of Orton Hall.

An Accessibility Entrance to Orton Hall is located along Hagerty Drive, at the southwest corner of Orton Hall.

The Din-O-Store, which is located in the Gallery, has natural history- themed gifts for people of all ages. The Din-O-Store does not have posted hours of operation, but is commonly open when the Gallery is open. To confirm when it will be open, it is advisable to call ahead of the time of your visit (614-292-6896).