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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  • October 1, 2017
    Whilst in Canowindra recently, I took time out to look through the Age of Fishes Museum. I was totally amazed at how many fossils had been found in the local area. The display and information is very ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Was a bit reluctant to head here, (mostly because I thought it's name was a grammatical error, which they actually go into. Which is cool) but it was well worth the visit. I never know there was so mu...  more »
  • June 13, 2017
    We were there early and a volunteer took it upon himself to offer personal explanations of the fossils and the history of their being found. It certainly enhanced our experience.  more »
  • August 29, 2017
    Updated since my last visit. More background information on what was happening in the world & with evolution around the time of the fishes deaths. Well worth a visit.
  • September 16, 2017
    A great community effort, getting dated and tatty, could do with some more modern interpretation
  • August 10, 2017
    Fun place. Able to touch fossils. Good learning adventure.
  • February 4, 2017
    The museum is easily accessible, affordable and informative. It offers an incredible insight into a world class discovery that put Canowindra on the archaeological map. Nowhere else I've visited lets you get so close to the fossils that bear witness to our past. The timeline walk outside puts the discovery into context, which makes the experience even more incredible. It is appropriate for all ages and levels of knowledge. I've visited twice and must agree with Sir David Attenborough - it is a World Class exhibit.
  • February 26, 2017
    Very interesting. The guy working there was brilliant he gave us lots of information about the different exhibits. Defo worth a visit!

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