The ETSU Gray Fossil Site & Museum! Together with our partner, the Hands On! Discovery Center, we are a dynamic hub for science and education in northeastern Tennessee. The world-class paleontological site in our backyard preserves a one-of-a-kind window into the Appalachian Highlands five million years ago and makes our museum an invaluable resource for paleontology research and education


Sunday: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
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1212 Suncrest Drive
Gray, TN 37615


(423) 434-4263

Gray Fossil Site & Museum

The Gray Fossil Site & Museum! Step into the fossil hall, peek inside the paleontology labs, and join a tour of the fossil site for an up-close look at how we uncover the past.

Visitors are welcome to participate in daily programming offered by our partners at the Hands On! Discovery Center and to explore Gray Fossil Site and Hands On! exhibits. See below for our hours of operation. For further details about admission, programs, or other inquiries, please visit the front desk or contact the Hands On! Discovery Center.

Hands On! Discovery Center

Hands On! Discovery Center is a non-profit, all-ages science center offering fun interactive programs and experiences that include immersive interactive exhibits, a musical Tesla coil, giant building blocks, a 3-story Paleo Tower, and an art studio.  Guests are invited to engineer a rocket, create a masterpiece, and uncover something new.

Get up close and personal with an active fossil dig site dating back 5 million years with exhibits and programs featuring plant and animal fossils that have been unearthed at the Gray Fossil Site including tapir, red panda, rhinoceros, a 10-ton mastodon, and many more! 

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