Museum to Host “Fossil Friday the 13th” on October 13, 2017

JACKSON – Elementary and middle school children and families can explore Mississippi’s fossil past through activities, investigations, and games during a National Fossil Day celebration at MDWFP’s Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. Although National Fossil Day is officially October 11th, the museum is celebrating on Fossil Friday the 13th from 10 a.m. – Noon,” explains Museum Director Charles Knight.

Visitors will meet a Mississippi paleontologist, discover the state’s fossil history with a museum scavenger hunt, dig in the “Red Hot” fossil pile for real fossils, and see the official state fossil (Zygorhiza kochii). In addition, visitors can play in the “Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous” exhibit. This groundbreaking fusion of video technology and traditional exhibits features full-size dinosaur bones and scientifically accurate computer modeled dinosaurs.

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Visit for details or call 601-576-6000. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (60+), $4 for youth (3-18), free for youth under age three, and free for Members of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation. Group rates available. Tickets may be purchased in advance online or at the door.

The Museum is located at 2148 Riverside Drive in Jackson, Mississippi. Follow us on Facebook at or on Instagram at or on Twitter at

Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous” is produced by Eureka Exhibits and is sponsored locally by: Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation, Gertrude C. Ford Foundation, Nissan, Regions Bank, The Chisholm Foundation, and other generous sponsors.