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. To visit Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum on your trip to Bathurst, use our Bathurst route planning tool .
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  • Don't be fooled by it's size. This museum has a terrific collection of minerals and fossils. Highlight are certainly the dinosaur skeletons.  more »
  • A really interesting collection of minerals in their raw state, and some excellent fossils too. I loved looking at all the different forms various crystals take and their colours. The short videos tha...  more »
  • I love small museums and this one is exceptional! Can see everything in an hour to hour and a half. Extraordinary collection of fascinating rocks & fossils. A must see in Bathurst!  more »
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  • An amazing collection! Some of the pieces here are quite unique, such as the lizard caught in ambre that David Attenborough apparently loves. The collections are well lit and it's quite fun to try to find out the kind of stones you're looking at. Definitely recommend going!
  • Displays were attractive, educational and well-thought out. Volunteers were very helpful and chatty. The building is beautiful. Well worth visiting.
  • Great family day out. Lovely staff. Would definable visit again.
  • Great place to take little kids and have a look at something older then you. Very informative and lots to look at. Is a little small in room size, but great value. Well worth the look if you have younger children, and if you have not been to the other bigger museums in Australia.
  • Lots of info and displays. Great if you have any interest in this type of thing.
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