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National Fossil Day 2022

October 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free
Visit the Alabama Museum of Natural History on October 15 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM for a free event to celebrate National Fossil Day and the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations! Join us for a National Fossil Day celebration focused on Alabama’s fossil heritage!

Schedule

Grand Gallery Smith Hall:
  • 1:00 – 4:00. Numerous tables with paleontologists showcasing great Alabama fossils. At least one table will give away a free fossil per person. 
Special events in room 205 Smith Hall:
  • 1:30 – 2:00: Book presentation Ancient Life in Alabama: The Fossils, the Finders, and Why It Matters by Dr. Bill Deutsch
  • 2:30 – 3:15: Keynote talk. Did mosasaurs drink freshwater? A new study of the fiercest predators in Alabama’s ancient oceans by Dr. Becky Totten
  • 3:30 – 4:00: Presentation Alabama Avocational Paleontologist Award by Dr. Adiel Klompmaker

Date and Time

National Fossil Day is being held on October 15, 2022 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

Cost

National Fossil Day is FREE!

Location

The museum is located in Smith Hall on the University of Alabama campus. The street address is 427 Sixth Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.

Check out our Directions page for step-by-step directions and parking and public transit info.

Directions

From Birmingham: Take Interstate 20/59 S to Tuscaloosa exit 73, McFarland Blvd. Head West on McFarland Blvd toward the University of Alabama. Exit right onto University Blvd. Follow University Blvd to Hackberry Lane. Make a right onto Hackberry Lane and turn into the second parking lot on your left behind Smith Hall (yellow brick building).

From Montgomery: Take Hwy 82 W to Tuscaloosa. Exit right onto University Blvd. Follow University Blvd to Hackberry Lane. Make a right onto Hackberry Lane and turn into the second parking lot on your left behind Smith Hall (yellow brick building).

Parking

There are five dedicated visitor parking spaces in the lot behind Smith Hall that can be accessed from Hackberry Drive. Upon arrival, once you pay for admission, you will receive a parking pass receipt that will entitle you to free parking in our museum visitor parking spaces. In addition, there is a parking deck located at Campus Drive and Hackberry Lane. The cost for visitor parking in the deck is $1 for the first hour and $2 for each additional hour.  To reach the parking deck, take Hackberry Lane to Campus Drive East, and the parking deck is on the right.

Public Transportation

The Tuscaloosa Trolley runs from the city’s downtown parking deck to campus.

Visit the Tuscaloosa Transit Authority website to find the downtown deck and a map of the trolley’s University Shuttle Route.

Details

Date:
October 15
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
https://almnh.museums.ua.edu/

Venue

Alabama Museum of Natural History
427 6th Ave
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0340 United States
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Phone:
205-348-7550
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