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Museum Info

Fort Ancient

6123 St. Rt. 350
Oregonia, Ohio 45054
513–932–4421 or
1–800–283–8904
Fax 513-932-4843
Directions

Hours

April–November
Tuesday–Saturday
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon-5:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays


December–March
Saturday
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: noon–5:00 p.m.
*Closed Monday–Friday, except by appointment

Admission:

$7.00 Adults
$6.00 Seniors (60+)
$6.00 Students (6–17)
Children under 6 and members are free.

Outdoor admission (no Museum access)
$8.00/Carload
Members are always Free!

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Special Events

Geology Summer Camp for Grown-Ups

NEW Geology Summer Camp is now open to adults & registration is open!
June 11-15

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

All Ages Welcome!

Learn more and register today.

Discover Fort Ancient: Tour & Activity Day

Saturday, May 5 | 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Join us for an educational talk about the history of Fort Ancient, take a guided tour of the site, and experience hands-on activities such as spear-throwing and double ball.

Please note that the guided tour will depart the Museum at 1:30 p.m. Participants should dress for the weather and wear appropriate shoes.

Rocks Talk at Fort Ancient

Saturday, July 28, 2018
10:30 a.m.-Noon
Presented by: Todd Stephenson

Discover the rocks and fossils of the Fort Ancient area and their influence on the Native American Indians who lived there in this introductory class that includes hands-on evaluation of samples using geologist tools to see andhear what the rockstells us. This class will also include a section on the importance of flint at Fort Ancient for making tools and spear/arrow head construction, and will highlight geologic examples of rocks and minerals from various locations in North America as a result of trade activity.

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Glaciers Were Cool in Ohio

Saturday, September 1 
10:30 a.m.-Noon
Presented by: Todd Stephenson

Join us for an introduction on the topic of glaciers as we discuss the evidence for the presence of multiple episodes of glacial activity in Ohio (maps/landform pictures, samples, fossils, videos) in this class that will also touch on the topic of climate change in Ohio during its recent geologic past. There will be a short 'CSI-like' presentation on "The Burning Tree Mastodon" found in 1989 in Licking County, Ohio. Finally, Ohio’s glaciers had an impact on soil formation and how they directly influenced the location and construction of earthwork sites like Fort Ancient and many others found in Ohio.

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Good Times With Fossils

Saturday, September 8
10:30 a.m.-Noon
Presented by: Todd Stephenson

Join us for a classroom introduction to fossils – What are they?  How do they form?  How old are they?  Where can you find them? There will be a brief discussion of geologic time and a description of the warm shallow Ordovician sea that covered this area hundreds of millions years ago.  Instruction will highlight theworld class fossil beds found in the Fort Ancient and greater Cincinnati area, and the program will include opportunities to view, touch and describe the fossils that are typically found in the area utilizing: magnifying glass, hand lens, microscope, posters and reference books. Resource material will be provided to highlight free publicly available collecting sites in southwestern Ohio.  

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