Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre

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Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre

Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre
4.5
Natural History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Temporarily closed for the season. We will re-open from April 23, 2019 to October 31, 2019. Looking forward to finding fossils with you in the Spring of 2019!
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JB81ontheroad
Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada340 contributions
This place rocks! (groan)
Sep 2021
Don't let the 2019 update fool you - the Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre is open, and well worth the visit. The museum is cool and all, but sign up for a tour - affordable, and well worth it!
Written 29 September 2021
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada3,365 contributions
Jordan at Joggins excels...
Aug 2021
This site in my journey through the UNESCO World Heritage Sites marks my 125th site. Still many more to come. Their brochure says, “preserved in nature, uncovered by force”. The high tides have revealed a fossil record of the Carboniferous period, 100 million years before the dinosaurs. Jordan explained the geological history, the significance of this discovery for the area’s cultural and industrial heritage. He explained that besides fossils, the cliffs also had underlying coal that the indigenous community discovered many years ago. Jordan was a “font of knowledge”. It is understandable why this site has been designated a “World Heritage Site”.
Written 19 August 2021
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Ally S
1 contribution
Friendly, helpful staff
Aug 2021 • Couples
A UNESCO World Heritage Site should have great staff and this one does not disappoint. The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Be sure and take the beach tour (at least) to help you recognize the kinds of Carboniferous Period fossils you are seeing. The museum will help with that, too, but our guide helped us to spot various kinds of fossils. The beach tour doesn’t give you much time to look around yourself so plan to remain on the beach afterward to put your learning to the test as you look for fossils. And you will find them so long as the tide isn’t up.
Written 15 August 2021
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Nicholas C
Nova Scotia, Canada38 contributions
Fascinating Historical Experience
Aug 2020
This UNESCO world site and museum is highly informative and well worth a visit.
Although one can learn much from time spent in the museum the real benefit comes from having a guided tour of the cliffs themselves which can only be accomplished at low tide.So it is advisable to call in advance to find out times of the tides and tours.
If visiting this region of Nova Scotia it would be foolish not to pay a visit to this world class attraction.
Written 1 September 2020
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Yabut
Ontario9 contributions
Guided Tour
Jul 2019
It's fun to go looking for fossils but it's even more fun when guided by someone who knows what you are looking at and can point out things like the fossil of a giant centipede .
Written 11 February 2020
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JenniferandAlan
Easton, PA463 contributions
coal age Galapagos
Jul 2019
We arrived early for the last tour of the day so we spent a lot of time in the center and learned so much. The site has the most complete fossil record of the Coal Age. A swamp forest covered this area and over time made coal. The visitor center is on the site of a coal mine and took on the name. There is a theater and exhibits and displays of the geological history, scientific discoveries such as the tetrapods and the ancestor of all dinosaurs, and coal mining in the area. At low tide the Bay of Fundy exposes the fossil cliffs and 300 million year old history. We took the Wanderers tour which is about 45 minutes and good for all ages. We saw fossilized plants and tree trunks embedded in the cliffs. Every day exposes something new. What an experience. Tips: wear good shoes as you'll be climbing stairs and walking on the uneven coastline. Also plan your trip for low tide so you can get out on the coast to see the cliff. There is also a gift shop and a cafe. Something for everyone.
Written 1 February 2020
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BilllC
Hamilton, Canada4 contributions
Worth a visit
Nov 2019
Went for the first time since the museum was built. It was off season but the centre was open for a special event. Definitely worth a tour when it reopens.
Written 25 November 2019
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hollieg547
Nova Scotia, Canada25 contributions
Kids enjoyed fossil hunting
Oct 2019 • Family
We spent a couple hours here searching the beach for fossils and found several. The centre itself was a little boring for the kids so next time we will skip the centre and just go straight down to the beach.
Written 29 October 2019
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Birdmarg
Atlanta, GA166 contributions
Remarkable Geology and History. Tips below.
Oct 2019 • Couples
Make sure to time your trip to Joggins around low tide- this way you will get to see as much of the beach as possible. The museum and information center are lovely and worth the admission fee. The exhibits explain the history of the area (ancient and more recent), really framing the importance of the sight before you go down to the beach. After reading about the area, walk down the cliffs (could be difficult if mobility is a concern) and just walk along the beach and marvel at the fossils. If you look closely you realize they are everywhere! A great day for both kids and adults. Could easily spend about 3 hours there total with museum, but less depending on interest. The information center offers guided tours of the beach based on low tide (included with price of general admission) and there is a cafe inside the center as well. We went on a rainy day and it was still a splendid experience. Highly recommend!
Written 20 October 2019
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CarribeanBound1
Gulf Shores, AL1,328 contributions
NICE VIEW
Sep 2019
I arrived after the center was closed for the evening, so i didn;t have time to visit inside or take a tour. The tide was still down but i did not walk to the beach. Nice view but unless you are REALLY into the fossil hunt, didn't really seem worth the trip to me. Drivig the day from Wolfsville to Amherst i really just didn't think it was anything i hadn't already seen.
Written 13 October 2019
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Joggins Fossil Cliffs Centre is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM