Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

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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224 Howick St., Bathurst, New South Wales 2795 Australia
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sashkello
Sydney, Australia292 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
On the one hand, it's bigger and with more interesting stuff than you'd expect from a regional museum. On the other hand, if you've been to Australian Museum, Melbourne Museum, or Dinosaur Museum in Canberra - it's pretty similar stuff but considerably less of it, and admittedly for a noticeably lower price. There's not much interactivity for kids, and overall displays (while being beautifully put together), are rather monotonous. If you think that going slowly through every display and admiring 100's of minerals and fossils is great fun (I do), then this is for you. If not, and you've been to one of the aforementioned museums, then it's probably not for you. A beautiful T-rex skeleton display is something which might attract some visitors though. I mean kids love that stuff, even when they've seen it a hundred times already, so why not.

Overall, I think it's worth the price, it didn't exceed expectations, but wasn't a disappointment either. Oh, and the shop is quite good with reasonable prices and fun stuff for kids interested in science.
Written September 27, 2022
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Colin G
Sydney, Australia59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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755revs
New South Wales, Australia167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Right in the centre of town his isn great place to spend a few hours on a rainy day. They cater for kids with activities and life size skeletons of prehistoric animals. Well stocked gift shop at reasonable prices with something for everyone.
Written August 23, 2020
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Annette A
Sydney, Australia83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
The museum is currently home not only to the wonderful Somerville mineral collection but the even more amazing Chapman collection on loan from Sydney's Australian Museum. Albert Chapman was local boy Warren Somerville's mentor so it is fitting to have the two superb collections displayed together. Between the two of them are many of the world's greatest and rarest mineral examples. You don't have to be a rock nerd to be captivated by the beauty and the shapes and the colours of the minerals, sourced from all over the world in the course of two lifetimes. The fossil collection is also worthy of a major capital city museum, complete with a t-rex skeleton and Australia's largest collection of fossilised dinosaur eggs and insects in amber. One of the best, if not the best, regional museums you will ever visit. A huge shout out as well to the happy, friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Written December 2, 2020
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TheSydneyDoll
Sydney, Australia283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Australia537 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Mark Z
46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Family
My daughter loves collecting minerals and the like, so this museum was a no-brainer for us.
The Chapman mineral exhibit was huge, such a spectacular variety of colour and shapes.
The local mineral displays were informative, linking them to how we use them in everyday life.
Lastly, the fossils were impressive, with the T-Rex being the highlight attraction. Take a seat and appreciate how big and nasty this thing must have been.
The staff were very helpful and knew their stuff.
The museum is smaller than most, but packs a lot in. Well worth a visit.
Written November 22, 2020
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Joanne H
Mount Pritchard, Australia255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Rick T
Sydney, Australia42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This Museum has most excellent Dinosaurs, a full skeleton of a T-Rex, and many more smaller dinosaur parts and Permian fossils too. The whole fossilized Crab is world class. There is also an extensive Minerals collection. The Gift Shop has some great items too. There are video displays too. An hour or two can be easily spent here. Recommended.
Written September 21, 2022
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Jon R
Sydney, Australia535 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Went here with low expectations and was absolutely in awe of the rage of minerals and the incredible fossils.
Range of spectacular minerals very well presented, would never have thought that ROCKs could be so colourful and amazing.
Fossils are great - the T-Rex is awesome mean, pity they do not have space to make it standout even more. Detail of fossils in rocks and in tree resin and the age of these is extra special.
Staff very helpful.
Written September 18, 2020
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