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Opal Museum, Brisbane

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Discover the intriguing & colorful history behind the Australian opal & opal mining industry.

The Brisbane Opal Museum is a collection of opal specimens, opalized

fossils and rare photographs.

Opals have played an important role in Australia’s culture & history. Come and find out for yourself how it all unfolded....

Once you enter via our underground mine you will see....

Types of opal found in Australia and around the world.

- How opal is formed and why there is colour.

- Opalized fossils.

- Photos of how opal has been mined over the years.

- Different mining techniques used today to unearth opal.

- How opal rough is turned into a cut and polished stone.

- Photos of opal jewellery by world renowned jewellers.

Listen to the stories of...



- The largest opal ever discovered (and then stolen),

- The legendary Hayrick’s Opal mine.

- How opal is priced.

- The history of opal in Australia through the ‘boom and bust’

times. And much more!

Free 10 minutes tour
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  • Absolutely fantastic location. gorgeous pieces I wholeheartedly endorse. It was wonderful to meet their pet (Stampee); he was very adorable. It was also quite educational. I'll surely return. 
    Absolutely fantastic location. gorgeous pieces I wholeheartedly endorse. It was wonderful to meet their pet (Stampee); he was very adorable. It was also quite educational. I'll surely return.  more »
  • I would have loved to spend more time at this place! Very friendly and passionate staff, I got the sense that they really made and run this place with passion. Interesting history and incredibly... 
    I would have loved to spend more time at this place! Very friendly and passionate staff, I got the sense that they really made and run this place with passion. Interesting history and incredibly...  more »
  • i didnt know that opals are more expensive than diamonds , i learned that they also older than diamonds and the colours are fantastic, 
    i didnt know that opals are more expensive than diamonds , i learned that they also older than diamonds and the colours are fantastic,  more »
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  • If you're a fan of opals, look no further. Geoff is a man who lives and breathes opals and has a genuine passion for what he does that is sorely lacking in a lot industries these days. The museum itself is a treasure and educational and the store has so many precious stones of all price ranges so everyone can afford something. We have purchased 6 opals off him in the last year and it pains my wallet to say we'll be purchasing a lot more in the future. Do yourself a favour and check it out.
  • Best opals EVER and best jewellery in there shop and online even the silver they use is of the absolute best quality! I took clients there 4 times and purchased pieces and also bought some rings on line! I love love love all their jewellery and they use only solid opals not triplets or doublets,and definitely nothing so the tic just genuine opal. They have a special lift for wheelchairs interactive areas for kids and they have a movie room where on arrival you can learn all about the opals your going to see throughout the museum! I won’t but my opal jewellery anywhere else now and that’s the truth their quality just can’t be beat. I bought a couple of silver rings and even those they send in a gorgeous polished wooden box that you can keep for ever just quality and class from start to finish!
  • Love Australia and also opals, so just a matter of time til I bought my own opal from the shop online. Although I have never personally visited the museum it will be on my list on my next visit. Received my opal pendant in good time considering the effects of Covid, beautifully presented in its box and wonderful blue sparkles when it catches the light. Great purchase, very happy. Many thanks from the UK
  • What a wonderful experience we had when we went here! All the staff were super nice and helpful! The museum is awesome, lots of rocks to see and the details/info of each rocks & stones are very good. We ended up spending a lot of time at the store in the end as well. The staff were very accommodating & helpful, I didn't feel any pressure to purchase anything. Lots of options with a good price range! Highly recommended if you visit Brisbane.
  • Beautiful museum I learnt alot on the $5 tour lots to look at and very relaxing experience

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