Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst

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Housed in a 19th-century school, Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum holds an impressive collection of fossils and minerals donated by Warren Somerville AM. This brainy hoarder collected fossils and specimens for over 60 years while teaching at various universities and making a name for himself as an orchardist. His collection is now internationally renowned as the Somerville Collection. In 2000, the professor gave his collection to the museum for public viewing, but his generous donation isn't the only draw. A T-Rex skeleton is another centerpiece for the museum, as well as the mineral exhibit where you'll find 2,000 million-year-old garnets on display. Put Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum into our Bathurst vacation builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 6, 2017
    Great little museum in the middle of town. Has a good selection of different rocks as well as a few different sorts of fossils. Very enjoyable and great for kids  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    Well worth a visit - never mind about car racing - this museum is full of amazing minerals, gems and fossils. Costs $14 for entry but you can spend a good hour here reading about the collection, watch...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    Oh so beautiful and educational. Such an amazing collection of fossils, minerals and gorgeous crystals. It is a must while in Bathurst, fantastic history for all ages..  more »
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  • September 16, 2017
    I loved visiting. All in the magnificent collection is displayed beautifully & tells where they are from in Oz & the world. And informs u. Pretty magnificent specimens.
  • August 30, 2017
    What an unexpected find. Boasts a tyrannosaurus rex skeleton as well as some incredible gems and minerals.
  • March 12, 2017
    A great place to visit. The permanent exhibition is very well set out. Lots of great pieces on display. Plus they have a T-rex! It was fairly quiet when I went and the fellow at the front desk gave us a nice little tour.
  • September 3, 2017
    An extraordinary exhibit. .a must see..
  • April 25, 2017
    Amazing collection and highly educational. Good souvenir shop too.

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