Step into the world of the late Cretaceous period on the Museum’s Dinosaur Trail and enjoy an up-close look at over a dozen life-sized dinosaurs. Discover what a Parasaurolophus’ skin might have felt like and even snap a one-of-a-kind photo! Grab a shovel and search for real marine fossils in the Fossil Dig site, including shark teeth and fossilized coral.
Meet Some of Our Dinosaurs
Dig for Ancient Fossils
Try your hand at being a paleontologist. Our fossil dig site is filled with dirt that has been trucked in from an area in Eastern North Carolina that is rich with marine fossils—specifically, a mine that used to be on the ocean floor! The fossils in the dirt are 5 million to 23 million years old; too young to contain any dinosaur fossils, but full of the remains of ancient sharks, fish, corals, and shells. Pick up a shovel, dig in, and see what you find!