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The Aurora Fossil Museum, founded in 1976, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) science education resource center. Our mission is to increase knowledge of the geology, paleontology, and prehistory of coastal North Carolina in an engaging and enjoyable manner...more
There are few places on earth that come close to the Aurora Fossil Museum if you're into that sort of thing. The artifacts and specimens of prehistoric sharks teeth alone are worth the trip! And you can even dig for your own ancient fossils and...More
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AFM-Director, Museum Director at Aurora Fossil Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 June 2018
Thank you, Doug! We hope that you can visit us again soon! #DigThePast
First visit to the Fossil Festival after hearing about it for years from friends who attend annually. I highly recommend! The digging for fossils in the piles was fun and even relaxing and kids had so much fun. We collected so many shark teeth and...More
This is a really great paleontological exhibit and opportunity to try your hand at finding shark teeth and other fossils. I've been to a lot of museums with fossil exhibits and done plenty of searching for shark teeth and this is a great place to...More
Outside and across the street is a fossil sand box, where children can look for shark teeth, among other things! Inside the museum, you will find a nice gift shop and interesting, informative exhibits.
This small town is the site of a posphate mining operation which digs up the bottom of the river, and removes the minerals. The river bottom is filled with fossils, fossilized shark teeth from about 5 million years ago. They bring in truck loads of...More
I was born and raised in the small city of Aurora. When I first learned of the Aurora fossil Museum I didn't really think anything of it. Then one day on a whim I decided to go see what everybody was talking about and was...More
The Museum is great however the Fossil farm/dig was lacking a little when we were there, The dirt is hauled or trucked in and dumped there. We did find a few sharks teeth and other smaller things but we left thinking that the dirt has...More
I have been here so many times over the years, that I no longer need to go inside! The museum is small, but educates the visitor on different types of fossils, shark’s teeth, and even some ancient Native American tribes from the area. There are...More
Drove about 30 miles off course to visit this museum and we were not disappointed. In addition to the museum, there are several piles of dirt trucked in from a nearby quarry regularly and are full of fossils. The museum and the privilege to dig...More
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This may be a late response but from Rodanthe, you could drive back to Manteo and then head toward Bath, NC. There is a ferry from Bath to aurora. You can check the ferry schedules on NC Ferry System website. Note that... More
This may be a late response but from Rodanthe, you could drive back to Manteo and then head toward Bath, NC. There is a ferry from Bath to aurora. You can check the ferry schedules on NC Ferry System website. Note that the ferries are not as frequent as in the outer banks and if I recall, there's a 2 or 3 hour wait in between if you miss one. If you want to stay overnight, I would recommend Oriental NC. It's about 20 miles away on the Pamlico Sound. There are no places to stay in Aurora but you have 4 or 5 options in Oriental as well as some decent restaurants. I have stayed there twice on trips to Aurora.