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Fossil Pit Hours

May 27, 2023, Sat: Noon – 8:00 PM
May, 28, 2023, Sun: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM


Pit Rules

  • No rock throwing
  • No removal of bulk fossil material
  • No collecting for personal/commercial profit
  • The maximum screen size is 12 inches by 12 inches
  • The maximum screen mesh size is ¼ inch
  • The maximum permitted shovel or digging tool length is 3 feet

Please keep in mind that the Aurora Fossil Museum’s buildings, grounds, and Fossil Pits will be CLOSED to the public for the week beginning on Monday, May 22, 2023 so we can setup and prepare for the NC Fossil Festival. We will reopen at 12:00 on Saturday, May 27, 2023 following the Parade.

The week leading up to the festival, we close the fossil pits and bring in new material for the festival. No fossil hunting will be available starting on Monday, May 22, 2023 until the pits re-open. The pits will re-open at 12:00 pm on Saturday, May  27, 2023.  We close the pits at 8:00 pm on Saturday.  Then re-open them at 10:00 am on Sunday.  
The Aurora Fossil Museum and fossil pits will also be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2023.