Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst

(4.6/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • When I thought of a fossil museum I thought, oh no, just boring rocks but no this museum is amazing. The displays are professionally done and the crystal displays are absolutely wonderful and beautifu...  more »
  • If you are a serious fossil or gem stone persona or just a curious passer bye, then I can assure you that a visit to the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum is well worth a visit. From a full sized T...  more »
  • When I was told we were visiting a mineral museum I was less than enthusiastic, but once I stepped through the door of this place I knew it was something special and within minutes I was a fan. The sa...  more »
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  • The museum is small but there has enough to keep you interested. Gives you an appreciation of the minerals used that make up this world. Staff are friendly.
  • Really good little museum. A little bit pricey but very informative and helpful staff and very well presented exhibits
  • Such a lovely museum, great for young kids especially doing a museum visit for the first time. Staff are friendly, informative, and approachable. Would recommend this place for everyone.
  • Good collection of minerals and fossils. Nice place to see.
  • Nice little collection of fossils and rocks. Took about 45 minutes to see. Was good but perhaps overpriced