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Aurora Fossil Museum

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Address: Aurora, NC
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+1 252-322-4238

This museum offers a substantial collection of fossils.

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Dig into the Past

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... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Janene M
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

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 globally as well. My 9 year old loves geology and the building with all the gems and rocks was very intriguing for him. The... More 

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Rocky Point, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Free museum, but after you have so much fun you will leave a donation. The displays are beautiful. I love how they displayed the shark teeth so you know where the teeth you find fit in the mouth. The people who work here are amazing. One man found me in the dig pile to give me a map he made... More 

Thank michelle w
New York
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 dirt from the nearby fossil-rich deposits are regularly dumped. And as others note, the museum itself will reward any fossil and geology-lover.... More 

Thank Rangeley7
Tarboro, United States
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29 reviews
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

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 is a must see! You can literally spend hours there and get lost in the task at hand of digging in the... More 

Thank 46eugeniaw
Stamford, Connecticut
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70 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

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 a pit to dig for real fossils which is a lot of fun to do with the family. Can't wait to go back... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

Given the size of Aurora, it's astounding that a museum (actually 2) of this caliber exists. Clearly the town and many locals take pride in the artifacts so close at hand. If you're going to dig in the pits across the street from the museum, I'd suggest that you take a tour through the museum first to get some idea... More 

Thank winsomelosesum
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

We had a lovely time at this great little Museum. My 13 year old and ten year old absolutely loved digging in the dirt for fossils. The exhibitions were both entertaining and educational for being in such a small Museum. The staff were exceptionally friendly. The admission is free which simply encourages me to spend even more in their nice... More 

Thank david r
Lansing, Michigan
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Reviewed 5 October 2016

We had a great time wandering through the museum and then digging for fossils across the street. We couldn't stay long but managed to score some nice finds. Small shark teeth were numerous and easy to find. Also found many other interesting fossils including urchin spines and shark vertebrates

Thank Bob S
Winterville, North Carolina
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

We had the best time at the Aurora Fossil Museum. They have lots of cool artifacts on display and the fossil dig is so much fun. Bring shovels, sifters, etc. You can also buy these items in the gift shop and they will give you a zip lock bag for free. No admission fee, but I highly recommend giving them... More 

Thank ecujamie
Lewistown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Aurora is one of those small Southern towns that has seen better days. However, the residents there ought to be proud of their history, especially the museum and fossil pit. It's really quite impressive for someplace in the middle of nowhere. (Do take the local ferry, either coming or going - or both.) We spent about an hour "digging" and... More 

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