Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst: Hours, Address, Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Situated in the heart of Bathurst, the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum is the home of the internationally renowned Somerville Collection. The Somerville Collection is the lifetime work of Warren Somerville and highlights of this remarkable collection include a T.rex skeleton, dinosaur eggs, fossils from most stages of life on Earth as well as spectacular examples of minerals from around the world. It is housed in the 1876 Public School building which underwent major refurbishment before being fitted out with stunningly beautiful exhibitions.
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Joanne H
Mount Pritchard, Australia216 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Very impressed with this little museum.
It was open on a Sunday when very little else was open.
Great place to spend an hour or so - nice and cool on a hot day too. Hundreds of colourful minerals on display, informative short videos to watch, and a few dinosaur fossils including of course a massive T-Rex skeleton.
Very clean , not busy, worth a look.
Written January 9, 2022
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Solene I
Canberra, Australia177 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
This Museum exceeded our expectations! What a wonderful collections of minerals! We stayed for two hours (until they closed) but could have easily stayed 45 minutes more. Highly recommended!
Written January 3, 2022
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TheSydneyDoll
Sydney, Australia167 contributions
Dec 2021
I'm a Reptile lover so naturally Dinosaurs fascinate me as they were in my mind "King Of The Reptiles". This museum is in an old church and has many different fossils including the skeleton of the fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex. Some of my other favourites were the Raptor eggs and the tooth of a Megalodon Shark, the tooth is placed next to the tooth of a Great White Shark and really puts into perspective how huge these sharks were. As the name states there are also minerals in this museum as well but fossils are more my thing so I spent the majority of my time in the Fossil room but the Mineral collection they have is good too.
Written December 19, 2021
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LeeNClarke
Sydney, Australia518 contributions
Jun 2021
I was quite skeptical and not so interested in doing a museum in a small town. Since we have the Discover and Dine Voucher, we thought we will give this a try. WOW!! What an interesting place and what excellent Exhibits!! This place is truly interesting and informative! I learnt a lot about minerals and old fossils excavated in Australia. The museum isnt very large but it is very compact and has many interesting exhibition. The entry fee for 2 was a discount with 1 Discovery Voucher. Great Value!!
Written June 28, 2021
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suellynhine
Newcastle, Australia167 contributions
Jun 2021
What a great collection of minerals, gemstones and fossils, wonderful explanations on every item, the staff were friendly and the museum is very set out
Written June 15, 2021
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Charlie W
Sydney, Australia151 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
The crystals and minerals are well displayed and the T. rex is impressive, all houses in a lively former school building.
Written May 17, 2021
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dragonsquareeyes
Katoomba, Australia136 contributions
May 2021
Lots of fascinating stuff to inspect in this charming little museum! Would make a great family activity.
Written May 17, 2021
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Travellers23_F
2 contributions
Apr 2021
Great collection and good interactive exhibits. Emphasis is on minerals rather than fossils, kid enjoyed it a lot.
Written April 18, 2021
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Colin G
Sydney, Australia61 contributions
Apr 2021
We found this punched above it's weight for Town this size. The gem collection is a must see, and then the fossil collection will keep all the family engaged for a couple of hours. Just to able see things that were alive millions of years ago is amazing and the quality is second to none for a museum of this size. The only issue we had was finding the entrance, it is the back of the building due to building works on-site, and you walk can past it by following the signage. We followed the signage which led us into a car park. Only retracing our steps back to our car, parked in the front street, did we find the entrance..
Written April 14, 2021
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Love_Life_Sydney
Sydney, Australia2,178 contributions
Apr 2021
Don't miss this museum. It has the most beautiful display of minerals, fossils and crystals for a regional museum. Colours were amazing.
Written April 9, 2021
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Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum is open:
  • Thu - Tue 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM