Aurora Fossil Museum
400 Main Street Aurora, NC 27806


The Aurora Fossil Museum!

  • Open Monday through Saturday, 9 am until 4:30 pm. Sunday from 12:30 to 4:30pm.
  • The "Pit of the Pungo" is open for collecting from dawn to dusk.
  • Admission is free but donations are gladly accepted.
  • Groups are welcome!
  • Ample free parking is provided.


The collections!

  • The museum has a wide variety of Pleistocene, Pliocene and Miocene marine fossils on display.
  • The Main museum houses fossils from the local area with most fossil specimens collected from the local PotashCorp mine (formerly referred to as Lee Creek).
  • This famous mine has been called the most important source of Pliocene and Miocene fossils in the world.
  • The Main museum also houses a Native American artifact collection.


About North Carolina's Natural History

  • Learn about the mining activities at the nearby PotashCorp mine
  • Learn about the geology, paleontology, and prehistory of coastal North Carolina


Your own fossils!

  • From shells to shark teeth, the "Pit of the Pungo" has a variety of fossils waiting to be discovered!
  • The Pit of the Pungo is an unlimited source of Miocene age fossils donated by our local phosphate mine.
  • Bring a garden trowel or sifter and plastic bags, spend the day collecting with us, and take home a piece of the past.

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