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Published February 9th 2012
Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum, located in Howick Street, Bathurst is home to the spectacular, internationally renowned, Somerville Collection.
All items on display are the lifetime work of Professor Warren Somerville who at the age of nine found his first fossil specimen at Berenore near Orange – something which inspired him to embark on a 60 year spree of collecting fossils and minerals.
Highlights from the mineral collection include crystals from over 100 Australian mine sites, 2000 million year old garnets, as well as diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds and other gems from around the world. One of the main features of the museum is a complete T-rex skeleton – the only one in Australia. Other pieces include fossils in amber, fossil dinosaur eggs, and a large collection of Australia's unique opalised fossils.
During the holidays the museum holds hands-on science based activity sessions for kids 6-14 years. Children can learn about fossils, minerals and the world around them in slimey, gooey and fun filled creative science challenges and experiments
Opening hours are 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday and 10am – 2pm on Sunday. Free parking is available at various locations throughout the CBD.