National Fossil Day Tour

Fossils in the Rotunda floor tiles
October 11, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Governor Thomas Worthington Center
The Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215


Explore the building stones of the Ohio Statehouse with special guests Dale M. Gnidovec, Curator of the OSU Orton Geological Museum, and Mark Peter, Paleontologist, and Charles Salmons of the ODNR Division of Geological Survey. Celebrate Earth Science Week with a public tour of the Ohio Statehouse.  October 11 is National Fossil Day in 2023.  


This special 2023 tour is free and open to the public.  Registration is not required, but if you or your organization would like to schedule a group to attend the tour, please contact Katie Montgomery at 614-728-3726 or


See fossil specimens from the collection of Orton Geological Museum, and then find similar fossils in the limestone walls and steps of the Ohio Statehouse.  The booklet, Statehouse Fossils:  A Guide to Fossils of the Ohio Capitol, will be available free to participants along with other informative literature and posters.  


The Statehouse Museum Shop
is open with Ohio gifts, books, gemstones and fossils, and the beautiful poster:  Fossils of the Columbus Limestone.  


Earth Science Week
This event is part of the week-long celebration of Earth Science Week.  Click here to discover other events planned by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources from October 8 through October 14, 2023.  More resources are available on the website for Earth Science Week.     


October 11, 2023 is National Fossil Day.

October 8-14, 2023 is Earth Science Week.