What a terrific day! I visited the Aurora Fossil Museum for the first time and it definitely won’t be my last!
I received a warm welcome from Museum Director Andrea Stilley and Gift Shop Manager Judy Stiles.
Andrea gave me the grand tour of their facilities to include their Learning Center with earth history, minerals and a large collection of fossils and artifacts. She showed me their shark room, whale and Native American exhibits to include a large array of hundreds of fossilized natural species.
I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. George Oliver, Museum Educator. George has been fossil hunting for years and his passion was evident when he told me about the museum, fossil history of the area and his community outreach efforts.
There was a bus load of kids from Pitt County and they seemed to be having a blast sifting through raw material to find sharks teeth and all kinds of fossils!
Purchase unique gifts at the museum’s shop. They have all kinds of fossils, shells, minerals, clothing, and apparel. They even have shark teeth, shells, and gemstone jewelry!
The Aurora Fossil Museum is free to the public. It is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit and receives most of their operating funds from donations and gift shop purchases.
They are preparing for the upcoming Annual Aurora Fossil Festival, May 25-27. Stay tuned for the video about this special event!
Visit the Aurora Fossil Museum at 400 Main St., Aurora, NC, call them at 252-322-4238, and/or check out their website: www.aurorafossilmuseum.com.
Thank you, Andrea, George, and Judy for your warm Southern Hospitality! I’m looking forward to attending my first ever Fossil Festival and coming back to visit you!
Have you attended the Fossil Festival or visited the Aurora Fossil Museum?
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