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Australian
Fossil and
Mineral
Museum

COLLECTIONS

Collections such as The Somerville and Chapman collections are usually only available in capital cities, to have them in regional Australia is very special.

Fossils: as well as a T.rex skeleton, the fossil gallery also includes other dinosaur skeletons and fossils, a sabre tooth cat skull, Australia’s largest collection of fossils in amber, fossil dinosaur eggs, some of the oldest fossils of early forms of life, and a large collection of Australia’s unique opalised fossils.

Minerals: rare formations, crystallised gold, raw gemstones and delicate uranium.

EVENT

Public Programs

The Somerville Lecture – an annual lecture with an Earth science theme.

Usually held in October or November. Contact us here for more information.

The museum is a fun and educational destination for families to explore the natural history of our planet. View scientifically significant fossils, gold and minerals (and learn about their uses). Not forgetting Australia’s most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.

We have an accessible toilet and baby change table as well as picnic tables in our outside courtyard a well stocked gift shop.

The Albert Chapman Collection.

Remarkable Minerals from the Australian Museum exhibition.
On tour at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst from 8 June 2019.

Albert Chapman was a mentor and friend to Warren Somerville. The Chapman Collection is renowned for its mineralogical diversity and its high Australian content.

Featuring more than 570 outstanding Australian and overseas mineral specimens including stunning smithsonite, rhodonite, pyromorphite, azurite, anglesite, cerussite and spessartine. These minerals make up two-thirds of the incredible collection assembled by the late Albert Chapman during his lifetime and now in the care of the Australian Museum.

“All of the Chapman minerals are world class, and some even considered the finest examples of their type in the world. They are also a unique part of Australia’s heritage representing all periods of our mining history. We’re delighted to be touring them to Bathurst and giving communities in central and western NSW direct access to this incredibly important collection,” Australian Museum Director and CEO Kim McKay said.

“It is also fitting that while in Bathurst, the Chapman Collection is currently on display at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum. Not only are these collections respectively the two best mineral collections in Australia, Professor Warren Somerville AM was also a great friend of the late Albert Chapman, often seen together fossicking for minerals. Now more than 60 years later, these minerals are being brought back together and may well inspire the next generation of geologists,” Ms McKay said.

 

Events

The museum runs a range of programs, events, floor talks and short tours during the year, however all programs have been postponed until further notice.

International Museum Selfie Day

Celebrate with free entry to each of our Bathurst Regional Council Museums.  Take a selfie during your visit to the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, National Motor Racing Museum, Chifley Home, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery or the Bathurst Historical Society Museum.

Just use hashtag #MuseumSelfieBathurst when you post on Facebook and Instagram  and be in the running for a prize for most imaginative selfie of the day.

Museum Selfie Day is usually held on the 3rd Wednesday of January every year however all public programs are currently postponed.

Annual Kids Day (with a science theme)

A day full of hands-on science activities and demonstrations during the April School Holidays.

Dinosaurs in the Dark Torchlight Tours

Due to COVID 19 restrictions Torchlight Tours have been postponed.

Why not spend an evening locked in the dark of the museum with 3 dinosaurs, armed only with a torch? Take a torchlight tour of the museum during school holidays in the winter months.  We hope to bring torchlight tours back into the events calendar soon.

Contact us here for more information.