Johnston Geology Museum
Earth Science Program, Department of Physical Sciences
The ESU Geology Museum has been renamed the Johnston Geology Museum in honor of Professor Paul Johnston for his 38 years of dedication to the Earth Sciences Program and the University as a whole. He was responsible for starting the museum and has been director, curator, collector and jack-of-all-trades for the museum since its inception. Above all else Paul was a marvelous teacher both in the classroom and in the field. He took great pride in his efforts teaching courses in earth science, meteorology, geology and paleontology. He did not limit this combination of teaching and field trips to university classes. Paul led field trips for such diverse groups as the ESU geology club, the Boy Scouts, Elderhostel, the Kansas Academy of Sciences, and the Kansas Earth Science Teachers Association. The museum is an enduring legacy of his dedication and will continue to help teach everyone who visits it about earth science long after his retirement.
Location: ESU Cram Science Hall, 14th and Merchant St.
Hours: 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday & 8:00 am-noon Saturday (when the university is in session).
Arrangements: Department of Physical Sciences, (620) 341-5330
You can see a western Kansas Cretaceous mosasaur, a giant ground sloth, a mastodon tusk plus other displays in the ESU Geology Museum. The museum contains geological specimens predominantly from Kansas. Included among the 45 displays in the museum are the world famous Hamilton Quarry Fossil Assemblage, the Tri-State Mining Display, petrified tree stumps, the Hawkins and the Calkins Indian Artifact Collections and many other treasures.