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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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  • If you have a small boy who loves dinosaurs, then DO visit the Aurora Fossil Museum. He WILL find fossil sharks teeth in the "dig your own" dirt pile in front of the museum, where fresh truckloads of ...  more »
  • Absolutely hands down one of the best attractions to visit over and over. It's fun for kids of all ages from 3 to 93. If you are remotely interested in past sea creatures or digging for fossils this i...  more »
  • My son and I loved this museum. It had an amazing display of fossils and exhibits. The staff was incredible and so knowledgeable about fossils of the area and took pride in the museum. They even have ...  more »
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  • I love the fossil museum and the kids always have a great time too. It's free and the people are absolutely friendly..
  • Very infomative, great place to take kids! Plan on staying for a little bit to dig in the pits, its addictive!
  • If you love geology, history, rocks or minerals this is a great place to go. It's free to dig for your own and you can buy a shovel in the museum for $3 if you think you need one. The staff is knowledgeable about what visitors find and the gift shop jas a wide selection of items available for purchase too. Don't want to get dirty while digging or want a weekend activity to do with the kids? You can order a bucket to be shipped to your house which can then be "dug" or sorted through. Make sure to add on an identification guide though!
  • Great to take the kids with. Especially the dig pit! Bring a shovel and a low chair to sit in for the dig pit. Gift shop prices were very fair, and lots if choices. Very friendly folks!
  • Nice to see children getting involved in the hobby, can dig right there,always find something!