Tuesday, January 17th – Sunday, February 19th – Be Miocene!
Our love of fossils will never go extinct, and we hope yours won’t either! Join us and discover why we love the fossil specimens found right here in our “backyard” and why they have a special place in our hearts. Programs announced periodically throughout each day.
Tuesday, February 21st – Sunday, March 5th – Without a Trace?
Not all fossils are created equal. Discover the four main types of fossils: trace, mold, cast, and true form. Then try out our footprint tracks and mold fossil impressions activities to see some key differences. Programs announced periodically throughout each day.
Open on Mondays in March, 9am – 5pm.
Tuesday, March 7th – Sunday, March 26th –Mastodon Madness
Learn about some of our favorite Proboscideans: mastodons, mammoths, and elephants. Discover fun facts about their past and what makes these animals similar and different. Programs announced periodically throughout each day.
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
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 (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
Please check our Facebook and Twitter pages for snow schedule closings
• 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
You can make a reservation by phone or by submitting your information through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will be in touch with you. 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.
Dwarf Tapir, Tapirus polkensis
One of many species of tapir found at 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.
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
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) 439-3659, or email us! A 50% deposit is required to make your reservation. Party slots fill up quickly so we suggest that reservations be made at least one month in advance.