The Age of Fishes Museum, Canowindra

(4.7/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Fascinating to see this unique part of our ancient history before dinosaurs. Staff were very friendly and informative and had great pride in sharing their wonderful fish fossils  more »
  • Everyone should develop an understanding of 'where we came from'. This museum provides a glimpse into a period in Earth's distant past. Forget about jumbo-jumbo creation myths, look at the evidence. T...  more »
  • We stayed the night in town to specifically see this attraction and it was worth it. The museum is well laid out and the staff offer informative suggestions.  more »
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  • Hidden gem of a museum; don't let the name persuade you otherwise! Great fossils with a great local history, well worth a visit, and is kids friendly
  • Quite rightly described as one of the best paleontology museums world-wide. The Age of Fishes museum houses an impressive collection of fossils and other informative displays, some interactive, chiefly outlining the discovery, importance and geological context of a globally significant Devonian fossil site nearby. This museum is stunning in its realisation, and a MUST SEE if you are in the area.