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Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Great to break up a drive

We visited the museum mid way on our drive from Dubbo to Sydney. The staff were very friendly and... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Sutherland Shire, Australia
Amazing collection!

We really enjoyed our visit here, it's quite a comprehensive collection, more than we expected... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brisbane, Australia
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“t rex”(24 reviews)
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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...more
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224 Howick St, Bathurst, New South Wales 2795, Australia
+61 2 6331 5511
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All reviews t rex amazing collection old school world class collection private collection interesting displays gift shop great for kids public school on display entry price worth a visit great place to visit visiting bathurst skeleton minerals rocks
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited the museum mid way on our drive from Dubbo to Sydney. The staff were very friendly and informative, and happy to chat about the exhibits and the building the collection is housed in. The old school building is fascinating, and a great space...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit here, it's quite a comprehensive collection, more than we expected! Adults and kids alike both enjoyed looking at the enormous variety of minerals and reading about where they were found and what some are used for that you wouldn't think...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank cmka
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good collection of minerals and fossils, with lots of signs stating where they were collected from, Australia and world wide and what they are, as well as uses for the minerals. Good for all age groups 5yrs - 99 yrs friendly informative staff Well priced...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank CassandraJane000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is nearly impossible to put into words how interesting this museum is. The huge range and variety of minerals on display is mind blowing. They are not just lumps of rock. The cabinets contain an array of minerals with outstanding colour and shapes. Everywhere...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ShaneM572
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Housing a significant amount of the Warren Somerville Gem and Mineral collection Collection along with excellent collection of fossils this museum is a little stunner and worth allowing a few hours in your visit to Bathurst.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ragriff
Reviewed March 19, 2019

One can learn a lot by visiting this nice museum. How the mineral crystals are formed, their generic shapes are clearly visible in the in-situ condition. Rock samples with stamped fossils are great to see. You can see the amber pieces with insects inside them...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Poorna K
Reviewed March 10, 2019

Lots of fossils and an amazing collection of rock samples. We spent about 90 min wandering around. The T-Rex skeleton was a hit and the rock samples were fascinating.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Hugh B
Reviewed February 12, 2019

This is an outstanding attraction. Great for anyone into flosses dinosaurs and or anyone in general. Great value tickets and tickets that allow you into Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum, Chifley Home, National Motor Racing Museum and the Bathurst District Historical Society Museum. The pass...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed February 1, 2019

Friendly staff at the reception desk, well laid out and just a wonderful collection of minerals and fossils from around Australia and the world. I have visited a number of good displays in several countries and this one is right up there with them. If...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dave N
Reviewed January 18, 2019

I went on "Selfie Day" when all the museums in Bathurst are free. This is more a mineral style museum than a fossil based one, and it's very small. What they do have on display is quite good, though at $14 for a full adult...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Paul T
July 26, 2017|
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$14 per adult, $10 concession, $8 for a child and $30 for a family.