Gray Fossil Site Museum and Visitor Centre Gray

Where is it at?

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Gray Fossil Site Museum and Visitor Centre
1212 Suncrest Drive
Tel: 423 439 3659


The museum is located on Highway 75 approximately 1.8 miles from the Gray, Tennessee exit from Interstate 26.

Where are we going today?

Visitors will travel back in time, experiencing an ecosystem of an ancient world filled with tapirs, alligators, rhinos, camels, shovel-tusked elephants, saber-toothed cat, and even red pandas! Filled with interactive exhibits, a dig pit and touch-screen computer games, there is something for people of all ages to enjoy while learning about the prehistoric past of this region.

Smaller children particularly will enjoy the Discovery Carts where they can touch and handle some of the artifacts.

They also have a varying exhibition space with a continuing theme of fun education aimed at children, plus regular seasonal events and activities.

Walk-in visitors experience a self-guided tour of the museum. Guided tours offered when staffing is available.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10
  • Children$7
  • Free Under: 5 years

When can we go?

9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (close at 3pm), Christmas Day, New Year's Eve (close at 3pm),

Teachers corner

The museum offers many opportunities to learn about the Gray Fossil Site at the museum, in school, and at home for people of all ages.

Plan a visit with your students, volunteer in the lab, attend one of their patch programs, come to summer camp, or listen to a talk by a paleontologist. Learn more about their research and collections. Explore the exhibits and get up close to the dig site on a guided tour.
Since the museum opened, Education has been a central part of the museum’s mission and vision. They invite you to explore the many ways you, your family, and your students can learn and have fun at the Gray Fossil Site!.

I'm Hungry!

The Fossil Fuel Cafe is open 11am to 2pm from Wednesday to Saturday, offering hot and cold drinks and snacks..

Can I get one of those?

Gray Fossil Museum Shop is your place for official Gray Fossil Museum clothing and gifts. You can also shop online!.

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    From my very first visit, I loved the Jonesborough Visitor's Center. Not only does it have a wonderful museum, books, jellies and jams for sale, it also boasts a fine and most helpful staff. If you have questions about Jonesborough, or need a book to read, this is the place to come for answers.

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