Fossil Discovery Center, Chowchilla

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#555 of 844 in Museums in California
Irvingtonian Middle-Pleistocene fossils (700,000 years old) are on display at the Center across the street from the Fairmead dig site. Columbian mammoth, saber tooth cats, sloths, dire wolves, horse, camels and 37 species are on display. Students may uncover and identify replica fossils in the Mock dig.
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  • It's an amazing find Ironic too, there used to be a burger joint on the 99 called Mammoth Orange. A 100 meters , very close to a Mammoth skeleton  more »
  • Attended a guided group tour of the facility lead by a docent. They have packed a lot of history and fun into a relatively small place. Plenty of interest for both the adult and child. Really a great....  more »
  • A few months ago, I bought a Groupon for $14 for 4 adults to the Fossil Discovery Center. Just before the expiration, I took my family to the center to check out the place. We enjoyed ourselves...  more »
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  • This place is a hidden gem! I never even knew it was there. The literature and samples they have provide an in depth look at life in the valley over 700,000 years ago! There's a lot of interesting information here on how the valley came to be where it is now, as well as ecological preservation efforts. There's a fossil dig for the young ones, and a pretty cool gift shift for the adults. Not to mention the ongoing fossil recovery efforts from the area.
  • My childs class went for a field trip. It is small but very educational and kids enjoyed it. Would love to take my little dinosaur lover here.
  • Such a fun little place, in a town that has, almost, nothing for children to do. So many neat things to see and do
  • A fantastic fossil museum in a very unassuming building right off Highway 99. Since this is an active dig site, the museum displays keep growing. The displays and posters give information about the historical local animals such as camels, horses, bears, sabre tooth cats and mammoths. We stop by every time we are on Highway 99 and the love the place.
  • Went with my sons school, I liked the museum but it was very rushed! It may have been the schools time frame but would have been awesome to learn more. I remember my dad taking me in 93 when the first bones were discovered we got to walk down where they were digging ... that would be a great addition when a new bone is discovered.

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