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Gray Fossil Site & Museum

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.

Upcoming Events

September 2017

Red Panda Days

September 5 @ 9:00 am - October 8 @ 5:00 pm
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Gray Fossil Site & Museum, 1212 Sunset Dr.
Gray, TN 37615 United States
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Tuesday, September 5th - Sunday, October 1st - Red Panda Days Calling all Red Panda Rangers!  Join us to learn more Red Pandas of the past and today, as well as their significance at the Gray Fossil Site and try out some Red Panda activities and crafts.  Programs announced periodically throughout each day.   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)

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Fossil Artifact & ID Night

September 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Gray Fossil Site & Museum, 1212 Sunset Dr.
Gray, TN 37615 United States
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FREE

Tuesday, September 26th, 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 archaeologist, paleontologist, and geologist on site. The event is free and open to the public but does not include admission to…

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Gray Fossil Site Movie Night

September 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Gray Fossil Site & Museum, 1212 Sunset Dr.
Gray, TN 37615 United States
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Friday, September 29th, 6:30pm - Movie Night "Block" out some time for a movie full of building blocks, superheroes, jokers, vigilantes, crime fighting, and more!  Can our hero drop the act, work with others, and learn to lighten up to save his city form a hostile takeover?  (Rated PG) The Museum gift shop will be open and stocked with snacks, drinks, and other various merchandise available for purchase (Outside food and drink not permitted).  Cost:  Movie viewing is FREE in…

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Girl Scout Bugs Badge

September 30 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Gray Fossil Site & Museum, 1212 Sunset Dr.
Gray, TN 37615 United States
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$7

  Saturday, September 30th, 9:00-10:30am - Girl Scout Bugs Badge Activity Calling all Girl Scouts!  Join us for a fun, hands-on, guided experience that will make you "bug out".  Complete all of the requirements for the Brownie Bugs Badge, although all Girl Scouts are welcome.  Draw a bug poster, try a bug craft, see bugs in action, explore bug homes, and take a bug "field trip".   Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, September 20th to receive the discounted rate of…

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October 2017

Gray Fossil Site: Lasting Impressions

October 10 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Daily until November 5, 2017
Gray Fossil Site & Museum, 1212 Sunset Dr.
Gray, TN 37615 United States
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Tuesday, October 10th - Sunday, November 5th - Lasting Impressions Examine fossil replicas and create your own fossil themed plate rubbing.  Discover the four main types of fossils, then try out our footprint tracks and mold fossil impressions activities to see some key differences.  Programs announced periodically throughout each day. 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)

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Fossils Pop-in Activity

October 14 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Gray Fossil Site & Museum, 1212 Sunset Dr.
Gray, TN 37615 United States
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$3

Saturday, October 14th, 10:30am-2:30pm - Fossils Pop-in Activity Stop by anytime between 10:30-2:30 to examine real fossils with a "picking" activity featuring micro-sediment from Aurora, NC*.  Play Fossil or Fake and use plaster to create your own fossil cast replica to take home.  Children must be supervised at all times. Materials fee of $3 per person, while supplies last. (*All fossils and sediment must remain on site.) Museum Hours Tuesday-Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday 10:00 am-5:00pm Sunday 1:00 pm-5:00pm Monday…

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Can You Dig It?

October 21 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gray Fossil Site & Museum, 1212 Sunset Dr.
Gray, TN 37615 United States
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Saturday, October 21st - Can You Dig It? Join us on International Archaeology Day to unearth the mysteries of the past by digging for clues in our shoe box archaeology activity.  Programs announced periodically throughout each day. 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)

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