Friday, October 26th, 5:30pm-7:30pm – Halloween at Hands On!
Join us for a spook-tacular, but not too scary, evening of fun!  Hands On! is hosting its annual Halloween-themed event which will include candy, games, science experiments, crafts, and this year’s added perk of exhibit playtime!  Stop by anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 and be sure to wear your most festive costume and bring your own trick-or-treat bag!  (***Contains small parts and food allergens.  While supplies last.)  Be sure to check out our Facebook event for updates, contests, and more!

Pricing for non-members:

  • FREE for ages 0-3
  • $10 per person ages 4+ (includes event and exhibit play)
  • $3 Tesla Experience tickets

Pricing for Hands On! Discovery Center members:

  • FREE admission to event and exhibits
  • $3 Tesla Experience tickets
  • Access to members only line*

*You must have your current, non-expired physical Hands On! membership card** with you as well as a photo I.D. to use the member only line.  Be sure to stop by before the event to renew your membership to have access to this VIP line!  (**Due to the volume of guests, we are unable to look up your information during this event and cannot grant access to the VIP line without the physical membership card and photo I.D.)

Saturday, November 10th – National Fossil Day
Stay tuned to our website and social media for more details.

Thursday, November 15th and Friday, November 16th – Night at the Museum Closings
We will be CLOSING EARLY at NOON on Thursday and will be CLOSED all day on Friday for the Night at the Museum fundraiser.

Ticket Information

Admission to the Gray Fossil Site is now included with admission to Hands On! Discovery Center.  Click here for ticket prices.

Plan Your Trip

Museum Hours

Gray Fossil Site exhibits are available during Hands On! Discovery Center hours:

Monday 9am-5pm (March, June, July, & August only)
Tuesday 9am-5pm
Wednesday 9am-5pm
Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-5pm (extended to 7pm during March, June, July & August)
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 1pm-5pm

Hands On! Discovery Center closed the following holidays:
New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Other Closings:
Please check our Facebook and Twitter pages for snow schedule closings

Membership Information

One-year memberships are available.

Click HERE to for more information or to purchase on-line (add-ons may be added at the front desk on your next visit)



Group Visits

If you are coming with a group of 10 or more paying guests, you may qualify for a group discount. For more information please visit our Group Visits page.



Dwarf Tapir, Tapirus polkensis
One of many species of tapir found at the Gray Fossil Site


What is the Gray Fossil Site?

The Gray Fossil Site is a place where visitors can view and learn about an active Pliocene-era fossil dig site. Scientists believe the site was formed by an underground limestone cave that collapsed and created a sinkhole. This left a vast fossil deposit that dates back approximately 5 million years ago. Animals that have been unearthed so far include: saber tooth cat, alligator, tapir, rhinoceros, short-faced bear, and a mastodon as well as hundreds of plants and other animals.

Come by to learn more about this incredible discovery!

For More Info, visit the ETSU Center for Excellence in Paleontology.

12. volunteer crew in rhino pit

A volunteer crew excavating the Rhino Pit at the Gray Fossil Site Museum and Visitor Center


Party Tapir, Tapirus celebratius
A special species of tapir only found at the Gray Fossil Site

Birthday Parties

Looking for a truly unique and memorable venue? We are now offering Paleo-themed Birthday Parties!  Visit our Birthday Party page to learn more



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