Click here for Summer Camp information and a registration form!

June 12-16, June 26-30, July 10-14, and July 24-28
1/2 day and full-day options available!

Only at the Gray Fossil Site & Museum can you dig for fossils, wet-screen micro-fossils, get a behind the scenes tour of the fossil site, make casts of bones, and examine rocks and minerals.  Additional activities include dissecting an owl pellet, science experiments, science-based art projects, t-shirt tie-dying, and so much more!  Children ages 5 to 12 can explore and discover the sciences, arts, and more in our week-long summer camps that are sure to make memories to last a lifetime.  Download the registration packet for more information or to register!

Now – Sunday, May 28th – Tapir Days
Is that an anteater or a pig?  No, it’s a tapir!!!  Check out tapir fossil replicas, learn more about types of tapirs, and discover why tapirs are so important to the Gray Fossil Site all in honor of World Tapir Day.  Programs announced periodically throughout each day.

Monday, May 29th – Closed for Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30th – Sunday, June 18th – EnviroScape
Learn all about keeping our planet beautiful for years to come in recognition of World Environment Day.  Check out a miniature watershed in action with our three-dimensional EnviroScape and watch a miniature volcano erupt.  Programs announced periodically throughout each day.

Monday, June 19th – Sunday, July 16th – Explore Science:  Earth & Space
Join us for something out of this world in honor of Asteroid Day!  Explore Earth and space with a variety of experiments changing throughout the day, each day including making clouds, investigating gravity, exploring icy worlds, and much, much more!  Programs announced periodically throughout each day.

Tuesday, June 27th, 4:00-6:00pm – Fossil & Artifact ID Night
You don’t have to be a paleontologist to find fossils. Identifying them is a different story.  Bring any kind of rock, fossil, artifact, or mineral to Fossil & Artifact ID Night, and scientists at the museum will provide space for the study of these finds. There will be an archarologist, paleontologist, and geologist on site. The event is free and open to the public but does not include admission to exhibits.

Ticket Information

Museum Exhibits
Adults & children (ages 3+) $5.00
Children (2 & younger) FREE
Members receive FREE admission

Dig Site Tours (with Museum admission)
Adults & children (ages 3+) $3.00
Children (2 & Younger) FREE
Members receive one free tour per year

Plan Your Trip

Museum Hours

Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am-5:00pm
Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00pm
Monday 9:00 am-5:00 pm (March, June, July, & August only)

The Museum is closed the following holidays:
New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Other Closings:
Please check our Facebook and Twitter pages for snow schedule closings

Membership Information

• FREE admission to the Gray Fossil Site & Museum exhibits
• One FREE dig site tour per year
• Subscription to the Museum’s e-newsletter
• 10% Discount in the Museum Gift Shop

Individual Membership $20
Valid for one named adult at Gray Fossil Site & Museum

Family Membership $40
Valid for two named parents and children under 18 living in the household at Gray Fossil Site & Museum



Group Visits

You can make a reservation by phone or by submitting your information through e-mail and someone will be in touch with you. Just click Make Your Reservation, below. We recommend you make reservations at least three weeks in advance. A reservation is required for all groups of 10 or more. Groups of 25 or more are required to visit the museum in a structured tour format, smaller groups may be self-guided, if desired. Reservations must be made in order to receive a group discount.
• Students and chaperones are $3 each
• Teachers are free
• A lunchroom is available for $25

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Dwarf Tapir, Tapirus polkensis
One of many species of tapir found at the Gray Fossil Site


What is the Gray Fossil Site?

The Gray Fossil Site and Museum is a place where visitors can get up close and personal with an active Miocene-era fossil dig site. Scientists believe the site was formed by an underground limestone cave that collapsed and created a sinkhole. This left a vast fossil deposit that dates back 4.5 – 7 million years ago. Animals that have been unearthed so far include: saber tooth cat, alligator, tapir, rhinoceros, short-faced bear, and a mastodon as well as hundreds of plants and other animals.

Come by the Museum to learn more about this incredible discovery and even take a tour of the dig site itself!

For More Info, visit the ETSU Center for Excellence in Paleontology.

12. volunteer crew in rhino pit

A volunteer crew excavating the Rhino Pit at the Gray Fossil Site Museum and Visitor Center


Party Tapir, Tapirus celebratius
A special species of tapir only found at the Gray Fossil Site

Birthday Parties

Looking for a truly unique and memorable venue? Book your party at the Gray Fossil Site & Museum today, for a birthday you’ll never forget! For special events, group reservations, event rentals, or other questions, please call (423) 439-3662, or email us!

Birthday Parties are $225 for non-members and $200 for members. A 50% deposit is required to make your reservation.

Party times are: Saturdays 10:30, 12:30, & 2:30, Sundays at 1:30 & 3:00. Times fill up quickly so we suggest that reservations be made at least one month in advance.

A party includes: 45 minutes in the part room, customized cake with the child’s name on it (rectangular quarter sheet cake), ice cream, punch, party plates & cups in your choice of colors, a program in the museum, and admission to the museum for the entire day for up to 20 guests (children 2 & younger are free), extra guests are $5 per person.

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