Step back in time 5 million years and discover the past while exploring the science of fossils and paleontology. Get a glimpse into the processes, tools, and technology used to unearth fossils right in our own backyard at the Gray Fossil Site. See replicas of extinct animals found on site, explore deeper with computer animated games and challenges, and even dig in a faux dig pit.
The Paleontology Hall provides visitors with a glimpse into the 5-million-year-old forests of East Tennessee. Greeted with a film discussing the unlikely discovery of the Gray Fossil Site by Tennessee Department of Transportation contractors in 2000, visitors will travel back in time, experiencing an ancient ecosystem filled with tapirs, alligators, rhinos, camels, elephants, saber-toothed cats, and even red pandas!
Filled with interactive exhibits, a dig pit, and touch-screen computer games, there is something for all ages to enjoy while learning about the prehistoric past of this region.
In a collaborative effort, paleontologists at the Gray Fossil Site worked with world-renowned prehistoric and wildlife illustrator Karen Carr to create thousands of square feet of murals and illustrations for games in the exhibit. Also employed were exhibit design firm Gallagher and Associates, media specialists Boston Productions, and exhibit fabricators ExPlus, all from the D.C. Metro area.
Gray Fossil Site Museum - 1st Floor