WELCOME TO THE OSCAR E. MONNIG METEORITE GALLERY
Would you like to hold a piece of the solar system in your hand? Would you like to touch a piece of Mars? The Monnig Meteorite Gallery can provide you with this experience. By visiting the gallery, you will have the opportunity to explore the mysteries of meteorites! Meteorites are the oldest materials known even older than our 4.5 billion-year-old Earth! Learn how to identify a meteorite, experience a hands-on encounter with different types of meteorites, and create your own terrestrial impact crater. For an "out-of-this-world" experience, bring your friends and family to get acquainted with our spectacular "visitors" from space.
The Oscar E. Monnig Meteorite Collection was donated to Texas Christian University (TCU) over a period of 8 years, from 1978 to 1986. Prior to its transfer, the entire collection was cataloged by Mr. Glenn Huss of the American Meteorite Laboratory, Denver, Colorado. The current curator is Dr. Arthur J. Ehlmann, Emeritus Professor of Geology. The collection now contains over 1,450 different meteorites.
When Oscar Monnig died in 1999, a considerable amount of money was given to the Geology Department at TCU from his estate with the purpose of maintaining the collection. On Saturday, February 1, 2003, the Oscar Monnig Meteorite Gallery was opened for the public. With about 10% of the best meteorites in the collection on display, this is a world class facility. The gallery is located in the Sid Richardson Science Building on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
Our website includes a biography of Oscar Monnig, information about our opening hours, and directions to the museum, as well an extensive photo gallery featuring many of our finest display specimens, and a searchable database of our entire collection. Please see our media page for downloadable hi-res images.