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Gray Fossil Site

1212 Suncrest Dr, Gray, TN 37615-4114
+1 423-434-4263
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Great Archeological Dig & Museum

Very interesting site to learn first hand about the work of archeologists at this fossil site... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
stefan16105
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Fort Mill, South Carolina
Museum at fossil site in sore need of attention...can't get close to the dig even via a live-cam option.

The displays at the fossil site museum area are in serious neglect with one area having no lighting... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
JCTN
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Johnson City, TN
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The Gray Fossil Site is a place where visitors can view and learn about an active prehistoric dig site. Scientists believe the site was formed by an underground limestone cave that collapsed and created a sinkhole. This left a vast fossil deposit that dates back approximately 5 million years ago. Animals that have been unearthed so far include: saber tooth cat, alligator, tapir, rhinoceros, short-faced bear, and a mastodon as well as hundreds of plants and other animals. Admission to the Gray Fossil Site is now part of your admission to Hands On! Discovery Center.
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1212 Suncrest Dr, Gray, TN 37615-4114
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Very interesting site to learn first hand about the work of archeologists at this fossil site. Great to learn for kids and adults. The adjacent kid museum is nice as well.

Thank stefan16105
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The displays at the fossil site museum area are in serious neglect with one area having no lighting so the displays are in such dim light you can't read the information. A microscopic slide display is missing all but two slides, none of the touch-screen...More

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Reviewed 13 July 2018

Being at the site of an actual dig and knowing there is more to find, peering into the lab and seeing those huge bones or the small fragments that need to be pieced together....it all makes science come alive. Included with the admission price is...More

Thank Sharon K
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Reviewed 4 July 2018

Kudos to Tennessee! In May 2000, TDOT discovered fossils during a road widening project in Gray, TN. Instead of plowing through them the road was rerouted. The site is now an active research site and museum.

Thank Susan M
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Reviewed 25 June 2018

Time to visit or revisit the fossil site. They have added the Hands on Museum to make this Museum an even better experience for children and adults.

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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

This place is amazing! I went a few years ago. I just saw it on the side of the road but really it's amazing. First you go through the Museum, where they tell you about the Miocene Era, then the fun really happens where they...More

1  Thank Trippintavia
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

Very informative, educational and fun time for the kids. Who knew alligators and rhinos were in East Tennessee. My 10 y/o granddaughter loved it. The staff were very helpful. We were able to view an active dig, as well as observing the scientist working in...More

1  Thank MJR987
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Visited this museum and found it to hold a wealth of information and displays. Loved the open lab area where you can observe scientists while working. So many fossils to educate you. If you have children, then you will enjoy the area where kids can...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Good static displays but upstairs can watch students and instructors working out how to assemble fragments into the fossil relic.

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Reviewed 15 December 2017

This museum is very nice and has lots to look at! There is an area where kids can "dig up" fossils while the adults read some of the literature. We were very impressed as to how well it was set up. I would recommend the...More

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