Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site

Johnson City, TN

5 (2 reviews)

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Address: 1212 Suncrest Dr, Gray, TN 37615, USA Number: 423 434 4263 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

Dinosaurs...fossils...digs...we LOVE ourselves a National History Museum, and if you're in Gray, Tennessee, you might want to visit the Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site, because there is a lot of history still waiting to be uncovered!

When you visit, you'll travel back in time and experience an ecosystem of an ancient world. From creatures we know today such as the tapir, the rhino and the camel, to creatures weird and wonderful including the saber-toothed car and shovel-tusked elephant! There is so much to uncover.

The museum is filled with interactive exhibits, many of which are permanent, which will really take kids through an incredible journey of evolution.

The Basier Exhibit Hall will actually take you back 5 million years (kids, even parents don't remember 5 million years ago!) where you can peek into the past of East Tennessee.

There is a film that introduces you to the discovery of the Gray Fossil Site, and murals and illustrations, as well as touch screen computer games all assist in teaching kids something pretty amazing. 

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

The Natural History Museum and Gray Fossil Site also have a varying exhibition space with a continuing theme of fun education aimed at children, plus regular seasonal events and activities.

Don't miss the fossil gallery, with some fossils as old as 7 million years old. Pretty incredible! Just imagine the stories that could be told if the fossils could talk!

Museum fun in Tennessee for the whole family that will take you back in time

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How much does it cost?






$11.00 (4-17 years)



Students Free


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3 years


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If you love the museum and want to return more than once, check out membership as it's a great money saving option in the long run

Any top tips?


Keep an eye out for programs such as fossil ID night, and make sure you get them in the diary!

I'm Hungry!


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

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Where is it at?


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

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With pre and post visit activities, as well as outreach programs and educational information, why wouldn't you take the students to the museum! It's an incredible way to learn

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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Give them a call to discuss accessibility to see what is best for you

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When can we go?

Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm. Sunday 1pm-5pm. Closed Mondays.

Closed for national holidays.

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