KELKAR GEOLOGICAL MUSEUM – FERGUSSON COLLEGE
The K V Kelkar geological museum of the department of geology at the Fergusson College will remain open for general public on October 14th between 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, as part of the Geoweek 2017 celebrations being jointly organised by Fergusson College and Centre for Education & Research in Geosciences.
The museum has a collection of rare fossils and minerals, with some dating back to 60 million years. The museum boasts of over a thousand specimens collected and donated from across the country and a few from Australia, Russia among other countries.
The museum houses many precious stones found about 600 years ago in the Himalayas. It also has minerals about 80 million years old, collected from a place called Ariyalur in Tamil Nadu. Besides, the museum has a varied collection of gem stones, models of different stone structures, rocks, fossils and also building stones.
The museum was established by K V Kelkar, the then head of the department, with a just few hundred specimens. Today, it has grown to be one of the best in the region.