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Exploring fossils, rocks, and minerals is fun for all ages at the 23rd annual Fossil Fair

Updated: Feb 23

Visitors of the Schiele Museum are invited to travel back in time at the 23rd Annual Fossil Fair to discover the ancient stories that fossils, rocks, and minerals tell. Search for North Carolina fossils, meet live animals, mine for gemstones, find or buy their own fossils to take home, and learn all about prehistoric life through hands-on learning activities.

The 23rd Annual Fossil Fair

The 23rd Annual Fossil Fair will take place on Saturday, February 25, from 10:00 to 4:00 PM. For the price of museum admission plus $3.00, participants can enjoy a full day of fun and fossils at The Schiele.


For rock collectors, gemstone enthusiasts, or fossil hunters, the museum will have experts on hand to identify, educate, and sell geodes, fossils, rocks, jewelry, and more. Geologists will be on-site to help beginners mine for their own gemstones and learn more about their finds. There will also be family-friendly scavenger hunts, fossil digs, crafts, and a special planetarium lineup featuring the show, “Fossils in Space”.

Museum Program Specialist Nathan Chapman says, “Fossils are full of mysteries! They hint at animals and an alien Earth we can hardly imagine. By investigating fossils, we can learn about the Earth’s past and better understand the world we live in today. At Fossil Fair, visitors can see, touch, and examine these treasures that have been buried for millions of years, and learn more about the history that they hold.”


The Schiele Museum of Natural History inspires wonder, curiosity, and an appreciation of the natural world, providing the region with a unique educational resource. Visitors to The Schiele learn about the world around them through exceptional programming, fascinating exhibits, and ongoing research. To find out more, visit or follow The Schiele on social media.

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