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:
Pricing for Hands On! Discovery Center members:
*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.
Gray Fossil Site exhibits are available during Hands On! Discovery Center hours:
Monday 9am-5pm (March, June, July, & August only)
Friday 9am-5pm (extended to 7pm during March, June, July & August)
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
Please check our Facebook and Twitter pages for snow schedule closings
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
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.
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