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The University of Nebraska State Museum Ashfall Fossil Beds is closed to the public ​per directed health guidance from the North Central Health District to follow CDC recommendations regarding group sizes and social distancing. We are taking these measures to focus on the health and well-being of our visitors, staff, students and the community.

We anticipate an opening date of July 1, 2020. Virtual tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets will be available for purchase one week in advance of visit dates. 

Admission: (does not include sales tax)

Adults, children 3 and older $7.50 per person
Valid Nebraska Park Entry Permit required You may purchase one now from Nebraska Game & Parks.

School and tour groups

School and tour groups may make special arrangements to visit Ashfall between April 1 and October 20 with advance reservations. For detailed information and to make reservations call (402) 893-2000.


Ashfall Fossil Beds is located 2 miles west and 6 miles north of Royal, Nebraska. See on Google Maps.


Facilities are wheelchair accessible.


School and youth groups please read the University of Nebraska Lincoln Youth Activity Safety Policy before your visit.