Unearth the Unexpected!

Fossil Collecting

Penn Dixie — a global geological treasure — is ranked as the #1 fossil park in the U.S. in a 2011 scientific study. At the site of a former cement quarry in Hamburg, NY, our visitors can collect and keep Devonian Period fossils including trilobites.

Ready to dig? Check our Hours & Rates. What to bring? Read our Frequently Asked Questions. Want to know our policies? See Visitor Information.

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Major funding is provided by Erie County and our community supporters. Program proceeds — including tax-deductible donations — support the conservation of our site, upkeep of facilities, and educational staffing.

Penn Dixie is operated by the Hamburg Natural History Society, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to promote the hands on study of natural sciences.


Still have questions? Contact us here.