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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  • It's hard to believe that this is all one man's collection. In his early life, he collected minerals and then switched to fossils. Lots of interesting information - but I would liked to have seen some...  more »
  • If you are interested in fossils and minerals, the collection in the museum is huge, we did a night tour, through the school holidays, and had a lot of fun, looking at minerals in different lights. Th...  more »
  • Very small museum but worth the visit with real dinosaur's skeleton. Hidden jem in Bathurst. Educational place for kids to talk about the history  more »
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  • 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.
  • What an unexpected find. Boasts a tyrannosaurus rex skeleton as well as some incredible gems and minerals.
  • 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.
  • An extraordinary exhibit. .a must see..
  • Amazing collection and highly educational. Good souvenir shop too.

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