Planning a Visit

COVID-19

-Reservations-

We are currently accepting walk-up visitors during our open hours – no reservation necessary.

As always, we do require advance reservations for field trip programs. Please review our field trip page & then email the museum specialist.

-Miscellaneous-

All visitors who are feeling ill and/or have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus should not enter the museum. 

All visitors are encouraged to use hand sanitizer upon entering the museum.

-Masks-

Updated Youngstown State University requirements: starting March 23, 2022, masks will be no longer required anywhere on campus. All members of the YSU community are encouraged to be respectful of the decisions of others and to continue to take any necessary personal precautions against COVID-19

Please be aware that maintaining social distancing in the museum may be difficult, especially if you are visiting with a group or during a busy time. Please use your best judgement regarding your personal decision to mask within the museum at this time.

Visit YSU’s Coronavirus Information page here.

Open Hours

Fall/Winter/Spring:  During Youngstown State University’s Fall & Spring Semesters (roughly September – April), the museum is open Mondays – Fridays from 9AM-3PM as well as from 12-4PM on select Saturdays. Walk-in visitors are welcome during these open hours. Please note that the museum closes during all university holidays and breaks. 
 

Summer:  During Youngstown State University’s Summer Semester (roughly May-August), the museum is open by appointment only.  Call us at (330) 941-7454 or email the museum specialist to schedule your visit!

Address

The Clarence R. Smith Mineral Museum is located in the first floor atrium of Moser Hall on the campus of Youngstown State University. 

Moser Hall’s address is: 134 Lincoln Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44503.

View an interactive Youngstown State University campus map here.

If coming to Moser Hall from the center of campus, look for the red structure (pictured on left) and enter through the red doors directly into the Moser atrium. The museum will be on your left. 

Parking

If you have a valid YSU parking permit, you are welcome to park in any lot or deck that your permit allows.

If you are traveling by bus with a large group, please instruct the driver to travel westbound on Lincoln Avenue and load/unload the group in front of Moser Hall. While not in use, the bus may be parked near the scoreboard behind Stambaugh Stadium.

For all other museum guests, there are two recommended parking options:

  1. Along Lincoln Avenue: Parking meters along Lincoln Avenue are available on a first come, first-served basis.  The parking meters are managed by the City of Youngstown and cost $1.50/hour.  The meters are checked periodically from 8am-8pm.  Moser Hall, the location of the museum, is located on Lincoln Avenue.  Guests can enter the basement floor of Moser Hall from Lincoln Avenue (both elevators and stairs are available to ascend to the first floor).  Note: if you or someone in your party is unable to navigate stairs, please be aware that there are a few steps into the basement of Moser from Lincoln Avenue. If you park on Lincoln but cannot manage stairs, please go around the building and enter from the center of campus.
  2. Wick Parking Deck: A parking deck, located on Wick Avenue, is available to guests at a daily charge of $5 per vehicle.  There is a pedestrian bridge that crosses Wick Avenue from the parking deck.  Guests traveling to the museum from the parking deck can enter directly into Moser Hall’s atrium from the center of campus.
Recommended Parking Options (red) for visitors to Moser Hall (yellow star)

Should you need additional information regarding parking on or near campus, please refer to the following entities:

  • For campus parking options, contact YSU parking services by phone at (330) 941-3546 or visit their website.
  • For metered parking questions, contact the City of Youngstown’s Traffic Engineering Department by phone at (330) 742-8890.

Admission

Admission to the Clarence R. Smith Mineral Museum is always free of charge.

Field Trips and other educational programming are also provided free of charge.

Groups

Groups are welcome at the museum! If you are planning a group visit to campus and would like to make a brief stop in the museum during our open hours, you do not need to call ahead. However, if you are interested in having your group participate in one of our educational programs, please review our field trip page and then email the museum specialist to plan your visit.

Babies & Toddlers

Young children, including babies, are encouraged to visit the museum! Strollers are allowed in the museum but please know that small children will have difficulty viewing the displays from a stroller. Is your little one learning to identify colors? Ask for a copy of our Mineral Color Hunt to help hone their skills while interacting with the minerals on display. Unfortunately, the restrooms in Moser Hall do not have changing tables.