What we do
Ulrichs’s Fossil Gallery features some of the finest prepared fossil fish specimens ever found. Fish fossils from Ulrich’s quarry reside in museums worldwide, yet they are also available for sale to the public, in fossil preparation kit form, or as a dig-your-own adventure with a member of our staff. For more information, please give us a call at the Fossil Gallery!
The fossils prepared by Carl Ulrich and the staff of the Fossil Gallery are among the finest available. Carl’s prepared fossils are very much in demand by serious collectors and museums. As we often get requests to these amazing fossils, we have also made them available for customers to take home as beautiful additions to your home.
Some Fossils You May Encounter
KnightiaKnightia unframed: $85 - $125
DiplomystusPrice unframed: $150 - $385
PriscacaraPrice unframed: $195 - $325
What To Expect
Because our quarries are at 7200 feet in elevation, quarrying does not begin until June.
We do ask that you make advanced reservations, as we have one of our knowledgeable staff with you at all times.
We furnish all tools and other equipment necessary for excavating, including transportation from the Fossil Gallery to the quarry. You provide your personal amenities such as camera, glasses, mid morning snack or whatever you think you may need in the few hours you will be digging. We highly recommend wearing sunglasses, as the glare on the top of the mountain can be severe.
We quarry seven days a week, weather permitting leaving from the Fossil Gallery at 9am unless special arrangements are made. The total length of the trip is about 3 hours.
You are allowed to recover 6-8 complete fish, which you can easily do in the time allotted.
We suggest that you wear layers as it can be quite cool in the early morning, then turn very warm before we return.
A $90 fee allows you to collect all common specimens except those designated as rare and unusual by the State of Wyoming to include stingrays, garfish, birds and all mammals. You would be allowed any and all sizes of Mioplosus, Phareodus, Priscacara, Knightia, Diplomystus, Notogoneus. The fee also includes having your material cut (squared) by our staff on your return from the quarry. Packing material is provided.
Shipping Arrangements Available!
A Unique Experience
We are proud that Carl Ulrich’s unique method of preparation and presentation has allowed many of his works to be shown worldwide, not only as scientific interest, but also as an art form. A few of his rare pieces can be found:
- Museum of Natural History, New York, New York
- University of Wyoming Museum and Geology Department
- Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
- Fossil Butte National Monument, Kemmerer, Wyoming
- Rutgers University
- Princeton University
- U.S. Embassy at Guatemala
The present Ulrich Quarries originated in 1947 as an avocation of Carl and Shirley Ulrich. They serve as a preservation and gallery in Fossil, Wyoming and are the full time responsibility of the Ulrich’s. The delicate fossils that are found are carefully prepared, cataloged, researched and displayed for all to see.
These quarries are the original and legal commercial sites producing unprepared fossils. The preparatory at the Fossil Gallery serves as the the center of Carl Ulrich’s meticulous hand preparation process. Hours of remarkable dexterity arid accuracy with scribes expose the detailed fossil. Ulrich fossils are the finest in the world, representing a philosophy of creative utilization and preservation of the fossil of fish, plants and other organisms of the Eocene Age in a fresh-water lake system extinct for 50 million years.
If you’re interested in adding any of these to your private collection please contact us!