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Stonerose Interpretive Center and Eocene Fossil Site

Address: 15-1 N. Kean Street, Republic, WA 99166
Phone Number: (509) 775-2295
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Republic
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Millions of years ago, this fossil site was a lake rich in plant and animal life.
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Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Millions of years ago, this fossil site was a lake rich in plant and animal life.
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3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I was very excited and looking forward to my experience at Stonerose, and indeed did have a very good time when I was discovering fossils. It was my experience when I was with a staff member as she went through my quite exceptional discoveries that was the problem. I had found some very good examples of deciduous leaves that were... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Stonerose is an unusual fossil site, where collecting is actively encouraged! Most fossil sites either forbid collecting or charge exorbitant fees ... Stonerose is reasonably priced, family-friendly, and very educational. You are allowed to keep 3 fossils per person, but you can collect as many as you like, and select the 3 you like the most. The friendly staff will... More 

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Freeland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Bring your own hammer and chisel; (you save $5.00). Rent the tools or bring your own it still is a fun and different thing to do. It is located 1 block off the main street of town. The dig site is 2 blocks form the office (pay area). I suggest slacks / old shoes and a hat and gloves. The... More 

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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7 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Our family of five spent half a day in early August at the fossil site. First, Republic is a cute and quaint old town. It is small, so even without having written down the address it was easy to find. The signage is good. The Museum and Interpretive Center are one block off the main drag. The folks inside are... More 

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Washington State
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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

For a small fee you can dig for fossils, have them identified, and bring a few home to show off. How cool is that??? When I say dig, you are actually banging on rocks with a hammer and a chisel, so wear eye protection. How many people can show you a fossil of a prehistoric plant or insect that they... More 

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Republic, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Stonerose Interpretive Center and Fossil Site are rare finds themselves, tucked away in the scenic small town of Republic, WA. Located about 3 hours northwest of Spokane, and a day's drive from Seattle, Stonerose is definitely worth checking out if you or any family members are interested in fossils and dinosaurs. The Interpretive Center is a small spot located next... More 

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Sammamish, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Visiting the Center and splitting rocks for fossils was a very educational experience for us and our 9 year old boys. FredSmithSeattle below has a good review that is very helpful. I would just add that if you are headed here in the summer, take a hat, and wear boots. I also had with me my gloves, and chisels that... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

My mom and two kids came here on a Tuesday in August. The staff are very helpful and give you a quick tutorial to help you get started. We rented the chisel and hammers - the price was right! You walk up the hill to the dig site. There are a lot of small, broken fossils - mostly leaves. We... More 

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Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

The stone rose site is a nifty place that owns a hill of rock that contains lots of fossils that are from the Eocene period (6 million years old). When you buy an admission, you may dig from 8:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Also, you may rent a chisel and hammer for $5 a pair. This is a very unique,... More 

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Spokane Valley, Washington
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is a great inexpensive experience for adults and especially for children. What kid wouldn't like sitting in a pile of rocks and chiseling stone to uncover a plant or animal that has been buried for 50 million years?

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