Geoscience Outreach Center & Museum 

Geoscience Center
1790 W Sam Houston Pkwy N., Houston, TX  77043


GSH Geoscience Outreach Center Challenge

There is a new opportunity to support the GSH Geoscience Center.  Scott Petty, Jr., Mike Forrest, Lee Lawyer, and Tom Smith, as sponsors, have pledged donations totaling $10,000.00 to set a goal for the Challenge.  Donors will be recognized in our “Friends of the Geoscience Center” listing near the Geoscience Center entrance.  Financial support will continue to be solicited from companies.  Donations can be made through the GSH website by using the “Donate” button (located on this page, scroll down)  or checks may be sent to the GSH office at 14811 St. Mary’s Lane, Suite 204, Houston, TX, 77079, with a note that the donation is for the Geoscience Center Challenge.  The GSH is a 501(C)3 organization.  Also, check to see if your company has a matching donation program and if so, those funds will be included in the Challenge.

The GSH has established a Geoscience Center and Museum in West Houston. This facility is used to store, maintain and refurbish geophysical artifacts in the museum collection that are not presently on display at other locations. Additionally, the Center holds workshops for teachers and includes resources to create interactive displays, hands-on activities, educational materials for school career days, classroom presentations, scouting fairs, science fairs, or other opportunities for interaction with students. For more information or to serve on the GSH Museum committee, please contact Bill Gafford at [email protected] or at 281-620-6156.

Geoscience Center hours:  Wednesday mornings from 9:00 until 12:00 (noon), or by appointment. (Contact Bill Gafford at [email protected])


The Geoscience Center and Museum includes artifacts and materials from the 1920’s forward and accepts donations of materials, instruments and documents related to the history of geophysical and geological exploration as well as periodicals from various companies and organizations.  Financial support for the Geoscience Center is always welcome too.  

Donations can be made through the GSH website home page by using the “Donate” button, or through the “Donate Now” button below, or checks may be sent to the GSH office at 14811 St. Mary’s Lane, Suite 204, Houston, TX, 77079, with a note that the donation is for the Geoscience Center.  Also, check to see if your company has a matching donation program.  The GSH is a 501 ( C ) 3 organization.  


GSH Museum Displays around town:

Lone Star College North Harris
UT Bureau of Economic Geology
Houston Research Center
Geophysical Pursuit Inc.
UT Jackson School of Geosciences
San Jacinto College
GSH office


The Museum accepts artifacts, photos and other items which document the rich history of the geophysical profession and related industries. All items are catalogued and preserved. Temporary and permanent displays are prepared and installed at the Geoscience Center and at various educational institutions and company offices in Texas and beyond.

The museum also includes the Bob Sheriff Library, with a collection of over 900 books, manuals, and periodicals. Library items are available for check out or use at the Geoscience Center. There are duplicates of some items that may be kept for extended use.

Museum Inventory, click here

Library List, sorted by Title, or by Author

Both the museum inventory and library are updated on a regular basis.

The Geoscience Center and Museum is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors:
Directions to Geoscience Center click here

Geoscience Center Events
Feb 9th 9:00 AM
Living Legends Social Gathering: **Moved to Wednesday

Retired or nearly retired doodlebuggers, and their spouses are invited, as well as anyone who is interested in visiting our Geoscience Center.  This is a chance to visit with some of the Legends in our industry and see some of our more interesting geoscience artifacts and some of the Mystery Items that have been featured in the GSH Journals.  This is a free event, no reservation is needed and parking is free. Light snacks, coffee, soft drinks, and water will be provided.   Because of Covid 19, we will require masks and proper precautions and expect those attending will assume any risk of contracting the coronavirus.