Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

Trip Start May 18, 2004
Trip End Jul 08, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Saturday, October 27, 2012

Actually, I had not been interested in the museum so much until a few days before my visit, but when I saw some pictures of excellent fossils housed in the museum on-line, I suddenly felt like going there. The museum is in Bathurst and although I went to the city a few times before, I never visited the museum. It is a small museum, which was originally a school building. As for their collections, I felt that their collections in those fields were better than those of the National Museum of Australia. Actually, Australia has only one whole-body skeleton of T. Rex and it is located in this museum! However, I was not excited at the T. Rex fossil, but at small fossils. As a child, I found a crab fossil at a coast and that was my treasure. Since then, my impression about fossils had been just a print on a stone, but after I saw fossils in this museum, I recognised that some fossils are three-dimensional. Especially, the whole-body crab fossil was impressive to me. Eventually, I spent about one and a half hours, taking many pictures. Because the lighting of the displays was just right, I didn't need to use flash at all. Although it was a Saturday afternoon, I was the only visitor at first and only one family visited later. 

Actually, the museum was my only planed destination in Bathurst on the day. I had had plenty of time left before I caught my bus back to Orange. I also visited the regional gallery and saw aboriginal work exhibition, but it was not so interesting, so it didn't take much time. Then I explored for one and a half hours, and that was a really good exercise. I liked the museum very much, but I don't think it is a good idea to visit Bathurst only for the museum. If you have a chance to visit Bathurst, the museum is a must-visit. 
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