Indiana Geological Survey

  • Geology Building
  • 611 N. Walnut Grove Avenue
  • Bloomington, IN 47405
  • 812-855-7636
Visit the Indiana Geological Survey and discover the planet beneath your feet! Displays feature many aspects of earth science, including Indiana plant fossils, trace fossils, caves, coal mining, mapping and cartography, and limestone quarrying. IU’s Department of Geological Sciences (located in the west end of the building) also possesses remarkable collections of minerals and fossils. Stop by the real-time seismic station where you just might witness the seismometer recording shock waves from an earthquake happening somewhere in the world. Self-guided tours are available from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday.

Building a Nation: Indiana Limestone Photograph Exhibit

  • June 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017

This exhibit features historical photographs of Indiana limestone quarries, mills and building sites. The stone was quarried and milled in Monroe and Lawrence counties, but used throughout the nation as a premier building stone. These archival photos showcase the use of Indiana limestone in... Learn more

Legacy of Indiana Limestone in Bloomington

  • June 2, 2017

Come celebrate the opening of the Building a Nation exhibit, a photographic history of buildings from across the country that showcase the importance of the early limestone industry. Polly Sturgeon with the Indiana Geological Survey will explain how these recently discovered historic photos... Learn more

State House Quarry tour

  • June 3, 2017

Learn about the geologic history of Indiana limestone on a guided tour of the State House Quarry at McCormick’s Creek State Park with Dr. Todd Thompson, State Geologist and Director of the Indiana Geological Survey. The State House Quarry supplied stone for constructing the Indiana State Capitol... Learn more