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La Pedra – Fossil & Rock Shop

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Having a conversation with my father can be difficult. Since retirement, he’s turned into an avid fossil collector and usually has just one thing on the brain…

A Typical Phone Call
Hey dad, been awhile. What’s up?
Well! Went fossil hunting with Larry, and I found trilobites and an echinoderm!
Huh, you don’t say. What did you think about that OSU game?
I named the echinoderm EDDIE! Haha, Eddie the Echinoderm, how d’ya like that?!
Yup that’s, uh, clever. What’s mom up to? Could you put her on the line? Please?

And so on, for hours. So you can imagine his delight when, during his visit, we happened to walk by La Pedra — a tiny rocks & fossils shop in the center of the city (location). Dad almost ran through the glass door in his eagerness to get inside. I cringed along with the shop owner, as he greedily pawed every fragile fossil she owned.


But Dad dropped a pretty penny there, so the shock of suddenly having a clumsy, excited American inside her shop was worth it. If you have any interest in fossils, make sure to check out La Pedra. It’s small, but the collection is awesome. At least according to my dad.


La Pedra
C/ Corregería 23
665 233 678
Open Weekdays, 10:00 – 13:30
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Museum of Natural Science

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Valencia’s Museum of Natural Science (also referred to occasionally as the Paleontological Museum) is situated right in the middle of the Viveros Gardens (location).

The museum takes visitors through the history of life on Earth, with a special emphasis on South American paleontology and the Valencian ecosystem. If you’re a fan of fossils, Darwin or the natural sciences, this museum is an absolute must.


The most spectacular area of the museum is a set of fossilized skeletons brought over from South America and donated by J. Rodrigo Botet. The largest and most interesting is that of a Megatherium – a giant sloth, as large as an elephant, that lived alongside humanity back in the good old days, 8000 years ago.


A number of the exhibits might really only appeal to paleontological enthusiasts, but the museum is a great place for anyone to spend a rainy afternoon — it won’t take even the most fossil-obsessed more than a couple hours to visit (although, I’m afraid my father might get lost for weeks, engrossed by the various trilobites). Entrance costs €2, and is free on Sundays.


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