THE STONE MUSEUM
Open Weekends 11 am - 4 pm
Free Tours given by Owen Ravino
Call - Barbara for appointment
Bring Your Camera!
WHAT IS IT?
The Stone Museum represents many things to many people, but it isn't an easy place to define or pin down. As our name
suggests, we are a museum of minerals and fossils with a host of indoor and outdoor displays that are “hands on”, enabling
visitors of all ages to actually touch specimens from 80 countries. One of our most popular exhibits is the Fluorescent Room, where
visitors witness a display of hundreds of rocks (most from the Garden State) that glow in a vibrant array of colors. Recently we
have acquired a dinosaur egg from China as well as a leg bone from one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs—the African Spinosaurus.
Kids also love our “recycled dinosaur”, Dino, a giant twenty-foot-tall reptile replica who roars with real ferocity.
Meet Dino the Dinosaur
The Stone Museum
The Stone Museum has created a memorial to the brilliant and acclaimed sculptor Jim Gary (1939-2006), whose "20th Century Dinosaurs" have been exhibited in museums around the nation and the world. Jim, a longtime friend of The Stone Museum, combined and crafted used automobile parts into anatomically accurate dinosaur sculptures, which are infused with a spirit of imaginative realism. Our exhibit focuses on the genius of his technique as well as the highlights of his storied career. Three Gary creations are on display as part of our permanent collection. Jim Gary was the first living artist to have his art on display at the Smithsonian Museum.
Jim Gary Dinosaur
Real Cobra Helicopter and M-60 Tank
Vintage Fire Truck
We've also added an exhibit of Pat Carmella's true to life cobblers shop, which was transported piece-by-piece to the grounds of our museum. Original equipment, hand tools, and supplies highlight this fascinating glimpse into the craft of shoe repair.
Monmouth University has donated their rock collection that is now on display at The Stone Museum.