The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum is located in the city of Bathurst in regional New South Wales Australia and was opened in July 2004. The collection is housed in a group of heritage buildings, the old 1874 public school buildings, in the centre of the city.
The museum is the home of the internationally renowned Somerville Collection. The Somerville Collection is approximately one third fossil and two thirds mineral specimens and is features some of the finest and rarest examples of minerals from around the world and scientifically significant fossils from Australia.
Hundreds of different mineral crystals are beautifully displayed in the Mineral Gallery. From the largest–a meter tall geode lined with large Amethyst crystals, to the smallest of over 100 tiny, perfectly formed thumbnail specimens–all the colours and shapes imaginable are on show.
In the Fossil Gallery you can see fossils from every stage of life on Earth, from the first single-celled life in the ancient oceans billions of years ago, to the egg of Madagascar’s extinct Elephant bird only thousands of years old. The main attractions of the gallery are the Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, Australia’s largest collection of fossils in amber and a collection of Australia’s unique opalised fossils.
For more information about the museum and its exhibits, please check the museum’s website at https://www.somervillecollection.com.au/.