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Australian Age of Dinosaurs is a not for profit organisation located in Winton, Queensland and founded by David and Judy Elliott in 2003.
Currently the Museum is made up of the Fossil Preparation Laboratory and Reception Centre.

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A life sized 5m long dinosaur statue stands at the entrance to the Reception Centre. The Reception Centre contains a shop, café and staff facilities as well as a fossil holotype room known as the Collection Room.

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The Reception Centre is a climate controlled room that houses the Museum’s holotype and paratype fossil specimens. The specimens are displayed in a semi-circle around a public stage where visitors can view the fossils as part of daily guided tours run by the Museum. The holotype fossil bones of Australia’s most complete sauropod dinosaurs Diamantinasaurus matildae and Savannasaurus elliottorum as well as the most complete theropod dinosaur Australovenator wintonensis are on display. The Collection Room is fitted with audio visual equipment which complements the guided tours by showing animation footage of western Queensland’s dinosaurs.

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The Laboratory is located approximately 500m from the Reception Centre and performs all the preparation, preservation and restoration work necessary to enable the dinosaur fossils to be scientifically studied and put on exhibition. This building is divided into unprepared fossil storage, prepared fossil storage and a large preparation area where staff and volunteers work on removing rock from the bones and consolidating them. A staff room, office, visitor waiting room and equipment storage area are also housed within this facility.

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In the near future, the Museum will expand further along The Jump-Up to become the most comprehensive Australian natural history in the world. The museum is open to the public daily from April to end September and open six days (closed Sundays) from October to end March. Get more information visit http://www.australianageofdinosaurs.com/.

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