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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • 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.
  • Amazing collection and highly educational. Good souvenir shop too.
  • Loved this place. Beautiful displays and spend as much time as you like.
  • Great fossils and minerals. The kids liked it sometimes there are shows such as snake and reptile showss in school holidays
  • Great place to visit..enjoyed it very much!

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