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Aurora Fossil Museum, Aurora

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The Aurora Fossil Museum is a natural science museum in Aurora, North Carolina. The museum's collection is built around fossils recovered from the nearby phosphate mine owned since 1995 by Potash Corporation (PCS), but also includes fossil specimens donated from around the world as well as geology and meteorite displays. Fossils from the local mine are approximately 18-22 and 2.5-5 million years old coming from layers in the mine traced to the early Miocene and Pliocene eras in the Pungo River and Yorktown formations. The museum also maintains 2 spoils piles in the park across the street from the museum. The pits are filled with mine tailings where small shell, coral, shark tooth and other fossils are relatively easy to find. The pits are open during daylight hours daily.The museum provides information about the geological history of the Aurora area, which is known as a center for fossil hunting (especially due to the phosphate mine). The museum was founded in 1976 and opened in 1978 as a collaboration between the town of Aurora, local mines, East Carolina University, and other interested parties. Visitors are allowed to collect fossils from the neighboring spoils pile.EventsThe museum has hosted a yearly Fossil Festival each May since 1983. The festival includes a fossil auction.
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  • Drove about 30 miles off course to visit this museum and we were not disappointed. In addition to the museum, there are several piles of dirt trucked in from a nearby quarry regularly and are full of ...  more »
  • We decided to check out the fossil museum yesterday and had such a fun day. First we stopped inside the actual museum which had vast displays of fossilized shark teeth and even had a section in the ba...  more »
  • Great for all ages! The museum has coastal findings and info of the North Carolina coast on one side of the street and Geological museum on opposite side that shows gems, rocks and fossils locally and...  more »
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  • Great place to take the kids. We found lots of cool stuff digging in the fossil pits. The staff was very helpful and kind. Everytime the kids found something, they would go running back to the museum and they were more than eager to explain what they found. Best of all it's free. Donations accepted of course. If you have time you can squeeze in a ferry ride too.
  • So much fun! This is a wonderful little museum and the people working in it are so nice and helpful. Plus you get a chance to dig for fossils! Definitely a great destination for families.
  • Wonderful place to take the kids or friends of all ages. The staff inside are very friendly and enthusiastic about the fossils and the history of the area. Outside is the piles where you can dig for shark teeth and other fossils, for free I might add.
  • Very interesting place. We ventured there to attend the fossil festival in the area. A must see again when there aren't so many people.
  • Great place to spend an afternoon with kids. Buy/bring a screen bucket and small shovelbto find fossils. Lots of shark teeth.