Gray Fossil Site and Natural History Museum

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O V E R V I E W
Facility:Gray Fossil Site and Natural History Museum
Description:Scientists have discovered an entire ecosystem that existed on this site 4 to 7 million years ago. For the first time the world knows what the southern Appalachians looked like at the end of the time known as the Miocene Epoch.

Our paleontologists, staff, and volunteers have excavated thousands of specimens including alligators, camels, sloth, elephant, rhino, tapirs, peccary, and species totally new to science. The Gray Fossil Site is nearly five acres in size and 100 feet deep. There is plenty more to be discovered!
A D D R E S S
Address 1:1212 Suncrest Drive
Address 2:
City:Gray
State/Province:TN
Zip Code:37615
V I S I T I N G   I N F O
Hours:8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Every Day
Admission:$3.00 self-guided, $10 adults $7 children All Access Guided Tour
Telephone:42343936591 (866) 202-6223
Website:Visit Website
R E V I E W S
Ringleader of Circus MaGuirk, Co-op Member
We can not recommend this museum highly enough! We went the first time expecting to stay only an hour but remained for 4 instead!

It is not a big museum, but it is staffed well and have lots of things for students to touch and see and hear. There are stops along the way to listen to details about a topic with earphones (my boys loved it) and a sot to "dig" for bones and a whole area that showed what the scientists do once they find the bones.

You can even go outside and see where they see the researches working on a live dig (even in the middle of the winter!). They have summer camps and scout geology workshops.

Of note if you are a creationist: the information presented in the museum is from an evolutionary mindset. It was a great opportunity for us to discuss the differences in world-view. It was not so imposing that we could not enjoy the museum from our world view.

All ages would enjoy this site.
Janet, Co-op Member
5 stars is not enough More like 10. I took my 7 yr old son and he had a blast. We went early in the day. Though it is small in size it is vast in information. He loved that the staff took the time to discuss things with him and even answer any questions he had. I love taking him to places that encourages his curiosity and this place went above and beyond.
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