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Learning Programs

Our Learning Program aims to extend the understanding and enjoyment of the collections, exhibitions and events at The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum (and our other Museums Bathurst locations).

The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum is the home of the internationally renowned Somerville Collection, the lifetime work of Professor Warren Somerville.

The museum offers a range of guided and self guided options for students to:

– Explore the natural history of our planet

– See Australia’s most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton

– Learn about gold, minerals and their uses and Earth structure

– Discover the geological time line, history of life on Earth, dinosaurs and scientifically significant fossils

From early years to higher education, we offer opportunities for tours and program of exploration and discussion to enhance students’ engagement with our collections.

Our teacher information and resources can be used before, during and after your visit. We offer guided tours and teacher resources. To learn more about teacher resources and make a booking enquiry click here.

Museum Playtime Preschool Programs

Museum playtime (public)

Museum playtime sessions are held at a different museum each week.

Click here for session dates and times


Cost $7 per preschool child (1 accompanying adult free) or FREE with an annual family museum pass. <link to museum pass>


Museum playtime (for groups)

Group bookings can be made for preschool or play groups of 10 or more children

Cost $7 per participant for preschool and play groups – 1 adult free per 4 children.

Additional adults $10


Dino roar!  

Join a prehistoric preschool session full of dinosaurs, volcanoes and things that romp and stomp.


02 6331 5511

Email somerville@bathurst.nsw.gov.au

For further information and bookings click here <Link to BVIC bookings>

Museums Bathurst K-6 Programs

Join a syllabus linked discussion based K-6 program designed to inspire students to explore the world using our collections as a starting point.

The Museums Bathurst K-6 programs are based around real artefacts and will provide new experiences, spark curiosity and build on classroom learning using each museum’s unique collections and stories.

Join a STEM or History curriculum linked learning program guided by our museum educators, take a self guided tour or explore all our museums in a full day itinerary.

Group visits must be booked in advance.

Make an enquiry for a school group tour booking here. <links to booking enquiry form>

We will get in touch to discuss your visit further and subsequently send a booking confirmation with final details. Please note – submitting an expression of interest form does not guarantee your booking.

Our Earth Our Future (this program runs across all 4 museums)

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Bathurst Rail Museum, Chifley Home and National Motor Racing Museum.

Full day itinerary 9am – 3.30pm

This tour across 4 Bathurst Museums takes you on a 300 million year journey to explore energy from the story of fossil fuels to alternate energies and their effect on our environment.

Starting in the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum you will learn about the resources of the Earth, how minerals and fossils form, and the geological evidence of the consequences of climate change.

At the Bathurst Rail Museum you’ll find out how coal revolutionised transport during the Industrial Revolution.  Chifley Home, the home of Prime Minister Ben Chifley is a time capsule of life in the 1940s and demonstrates the frugal and sustainable lifestyle of the era and the domestic use of fossil fuels.

The National Motor Museum demonstrates innovations that are tested on the racetrack, with examples of experimental and alternative technologies for the future.

Key Information

Session times   
Weekdays during school term

First session commences 9am
Last session commences 2.30pm

Supervision ratios 

The supervision ratio is 1:10 for stage 1-3. Teachers and parents attend free of charge at these ratios.

One carer per student with special needs will be admitted free of charge.

Museum shop

Quality fossil and mineral specimens and educational toys

Educator guided session  

Cost   $7 per student (GST FREE)

Duration 90 minutes

Minimum 10 students

Maximum 100 students


Self guided session

Cost  $5 per student (GST FREE)


60 minutes

Maximum 200 students