About Past & Present

Our store and free Fossil Gallery is conveniently located one mile off New York State Thruway (I-90) Exit 56, just south of Buffalo, NY.

Store hours are Monday-Saturday 10-6 and Wednesday and Thursday 10-8.
Combine a visit to our shop with a pre-arranged collecting trip to any number of local Devonian collecting sites, or include a visit to our friends at the Penn Dixie Site.

Our Fossil Gallery exhibits specimens from around the world. Among these are life-size casts of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull and Triceratops skull, a fossil Elephant Bird egg the size of a basketball, actual dinosaur bones, and the largest amber exhibit in Western New York. We currently house a 9-foot tall articulated leg from the dinosaur Edmontosaurus, and two life-size jaw models, one with real teeth, of the ancient predatory shark Carcharodon megalodon. Other exhibits include fossils of New York and Southern Ontario, fossil fish, Pleistocene vertebrates, invertebrates, and much more. Our growing mineral collection and meteorite display are a newer addition to our gallery.

Store inventory includes fossils, minerals, crystals, jewelry, science kits, nature books, collecting tools and unique gifts from around the world.

Past & Present is a great family destination for all. Besides our shop and fossil gallery, we offer in house or out-visit programming and special events throughout the year.

We have been buying, selling, and trading quality fossils since 1989. Our store and museum opened in November 1995. Owner Glen LaPlaca has a bachelor’s degree in Geoscience and was General Curator at a public aquarium. We do everything from desert collecting to river and coastal diving for fossils. Many fossils we collect and prepare on site at Past & Present.