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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TripAdvisor
  • Dropped in to the Fossil and Dinosaur place. Paid our entry fee and then greeted by a volunteer who explained what we would see. Very useful. Exhibition was interesting as was the story told around th...  more »
  • A wonderful museum. Bathurst is so lucky to have this outstanding facility - a collaboration between Professor Summerfield who collected the fossils and minerals, and Charles Sturt university. Many in...  more »
  • The Museum is brilliant and the collection of minerals and gems is huge. The fossils and skeletons are so life like and again the number is absolutely great. I would encourage everybody to go and take...  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!