The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum is one of Bathurst’s little gems. It probably helps to be vaguely interested in fossils and minerals but as specialty museums go, this one is up there with the best.
The museum is home of the internationally renowned Somerville Collection. It is housed in the 1876 Public School building which underwent major refurbishment before being fitted out with stunningly beautiful exhibitions. Close to 2000 fossil and mineral specimens are displayed in two main exhibitions - the Fossil Gallery and the Minerals Gallery.
The also has a temporary exhibition space with a changing program of travelling and temporary exhibitions and a museum shop with a wide variety of dinosaur, earth history and science products.
Don’t just take our word for it, drop in to Trip Advisor and check out the recent reviews. Rather than repeat them in detail, here are some of the review subject headings…
"This was a bit of a hidden gem...”
“Excellent visit of minerals and dinosaurs...”
“BIG stuff in a small space...”
“Brilliant place to spend a couple of hours or longer...”
“Fascinating for all the family...”
The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum is at 224 Howick Street, Bathurst and opens from 10:00am to 4:00pm Monday to Saturday and 10:00am to 2:00pm Sundays (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day). Entrance is $10 adults, $7 concession, $5 children (5 to 16 years) and $25 for a family.
For all your accommodation needs, the friendly staff at Rydges Mount Panorama will give you a warm welcome.