The Aurora Fossil Museum will celebrate Memorial Day by reopening for the first time since the health shutdown of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closings of North Carolina, the United States, and most of the known world.
The museum’s executive director, Cynthia Crane, says the museum reopening ceremony is still being scaled back, which won’t dampen the spirit of the event, which will take place on May 29 from 10am to 4pm and will feature “food trucks”. a DJ and a lot of fossil digging. “
Masks are no longer needed, but Crane said social distancing is being encouraged.
“We’ve worked hard on projects and upgrades for various areas of the museum, both inside and out, so please make plans to review,” she said.
Also planned for the opening day is the announcement of who will win the museum’s “annual Meg-Tooth raffle” and who will be the proud owner of a real Megalodon tooth. According to most research, the megalodon shark, which grew up to 50 feet in length, is considered to be one of the most fearsome ocean predators in Earth’s history. Crane said this particular tooth measures six inches from root to tip and was discovered in the southeastern United States. It was donated by a longtime museum fanatic to raise funds needed and shows no obvious signs of restoration. Tickets are still available for $ 20 each or $ 6 for $ 100 each and can be purchased through the link to the museum’s online gift shop through Friday’s close of business: https://www.aurorafossilmuseumstore.com/products/2021-may-megalodon . Tickets are also available in the gift shop on the day of the event. The drawing will take place on Saturday at 4 p.m. on Facebook Live.
“All winnings from this raffle will be used to support the operation of the museum, employ our excellent people and continue our mission to educate. It’s an absolutely “mind-boggling” opportunity, “said Crane.
For those who cannot attend on May 29, the museum is open on Memorial Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on May 1 and 2 for maintenance and cleaning work, and from June 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. open for the summer hours: Tuesday to Sunday 30 p.m.
“There is no entry fee, but contributions are always gratefully appreciated,” said Crane.
The Aurora Fossil Museum is located on 400 Main Street in Aurora and can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at 252-322-4238.