Something Everyone Can Dig
Activities on the lawn - Noon - 4pm both days.
Saturday: 10:30am - 5pm
Sunday: Noon -5pm
It’s not every day you have the chance to dig for fossils millions of years old like a real paleontologist. Fossil Fest at the Pink Palace Museum of Science & History is your opportunity. Not only will visitors be able to try their hand at paleontology (study of the history of life on Earth as based on fossils), but corn hole, rope toss and other fun activities too. Visitors can enjoy a new Museum of Science & History (MoSH) beer made by Ghost River Brewery, and see the unveiling of a new giant metal mosasaur sculpture created by the Memphis Metal Museum.
The public is invited to travel back in time some 70 million of years as MoSH and its properties come together for a two-day, paleontology party. Guests can dig through matrix (earth from Coon Creek dig site) and discover fossils and shells millions of years old. They will be able to take a journey through the Mesozoic era including the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Periods following a timeline of dinosaur evolution.
The front lawn will be home to a host of tables, talks and activities including a Lichterman Nature Center station with plant fossils and an Owl Pellet dissection activity. Discover specimens from our collections department. Walk like a dinosaur with giant cut out dinosaur footprints.
Fossil Fest Stations & Activities
Coon Creek Fossil Dig
Dig for fossil millions of year old.
Metal Museum Station
Pewter casting activities where kids can cast dinosaur teeth and watch master metalsmiths forge a variety of bones and claws, and create archeology tools.
Ghost River Brewery Station
Try the Museum’s new Interstellar MoSH beer.
A clue-driven hunt through the museum and grounds to find artifacts that will enhance your Fossil Fest experience.
Fossil slab from Morroco - 400 million year-old trilobite model and cast.
Ice age megafauna fossils and casts- compare the teeth of the mammoth, mastodon, bison and saber toothed cat.
Mosasaur skull cast.
How do you measure up to a dinosaur? Compare your feet and body structure to those of prehistoric giants.
Take a walk through the different periods of Earth's geologic history and meet the diversity of life forms evolving along the way.
Decorate your own pre-cut trilobite mask using provided materials
Crater making activity, video compilation of meteors and impacts. Meteorite or meteor? Guess which one. Coon Creek fossils from creatures who lived before the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary impact.
Lichterman Nature Center Station
Plant fossils and modern plants of today - Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras. Fossil rubbings and Zorb to magnify fossils and live plants. Owl pellet dissection activity - artifacts and instructions on owl habits and dissecting pellets.
Memphis Archeological and Geological Society Station
The Society will be displaying their individual collections of fossils including a collection of regional fossils.
Society of Women Engineers Station
Build a fossilized dinosaur. Create your own take-home dinosaur skeleton made from pasta.
Cousins Maine Lobster (Saturday only)
Steve Masler, Manager of Exhibits - Sea Monsters, Giant Flying Reptiles and Dinosaurs in the Mid-South
Tickets not only include all the cool activities on the Museum lawn, but admission to all Museum exhibits, including Dinosaurs in Motion. Tickets are limited. Buying tickets online in advance is recommended.
Tickets are $25 for adults. $10 for children. Under 2 free. Members: $20 adults. $5 for children. Under 2 free.