The Age of Fishes Museum, Canowindra

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The Age Of Fishes Museum houses a collection of Devonian Fish Fossils. This is the only dedicated collection in the Southern Hemisphere!

150 million years before dinosaurs roamed the Earth, almost all backboned animals lived in water, not on land.

This was the Devonian Period or the "Age Of Fishes". A chance find near Canowindra NSW in 1956, and a major excavation of the same site in 1993, uncovered a remarkable fossil site. The site contained well preserved remains of thousands of bizarre, long extinct fishes encased in bony armour, other fishes with lungs and huge predators with crocdile like jaws, many of them new to science.

The most important fossil treasures are now on display at the Age Of Fishes Museum in Canowindra. This unique "window in time" allows visitors to study what happened in Canowindra 360 million years ago. The fossils are supplemented by permanent exhibitions, gift shop, geological time walk, sculpture garden, outdoor picnic area and BBQ facilities. There are many hands on activities in the Museum such as the education den, giant games board, huge floor puzzles and fossil dig pits.

Individuals and groups, please book in advance, are welcome between 10am and 4pm 7 days with the exception of Christmas Day and Good Friday. Other times are by appointment.
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  • What a great place to visit, so many interesting things to see and do. Great for families the kids will really enjoy learning all about our ancient history. Would suggest you bring snacks along if you...  more »
  • This place is so worth going to. Well worth going out of your way to get here. They have all of these fossils from 360 million years ago that you get to put your hands on and take photos of. Absolutel...  more »
  • It was a great surprise to see how good the exhibition was at this museum. The displays were well set out & so informative. Unfortunately it was a lot to take in at one visit because there was so much...  more »
  • Best 4 hours spent. Expanded knowledge and researched more on fossils. Very helpful and great experience. Recommend a day visit. Hands on for kids of all ages.
  • Absolutely amazing! A gem. I believe this would be one of the best educational facilities for children in particular. Very interactive/hands on and informative. The staff are very welcoming, knowledgeable and friendly.
  • We went when it first started. Had an update. I am not a believer in paying to see "stuff" in museums. This one has a most interesting history. Well done Canowindra.
  • Fantastic place for kids and adults. Well presented fossils, easy access, good picnic facilities. Don't miss this if you are in the central west.
  • Full of fossils with fishes long before human and dinosaurs. Great place for archeology education. The place is tiny though.

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