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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  • A really interesting place and informative of the geological history of the area. Some great fossils and info well worth the effort. $10 a head entry is a bit steep though.  more »
  • Very informative info re the Devonian Period The quality of the Fossils is astounding & the interaction (being able to touch & feel) is mind blowing. The story of life leaving the water & transitionin...  more »
  • Haven't been back in years and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Very interesting and informative. Bbq and picnic tables outside .next time I will bring a picnic to spend more time. A must see if you are ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • an incredible story and an incredible experience. never expected to find something like this in the town
  • 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.

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