A World Class Museum

The Museum’s reputation as a quality cultural attraction has steadily grown since opening its doors in 2004. By July 2018 the Museum had hosted over 350,000 local, state, national and international visitors.
Through well planned and spectacular displays, the BRC delivered on its promise to create exciting, innovative and beautiful exhibitions that stimulate, educate and entertain visitors.

Award winning programs
The Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum has sought creative ways to extend its reach into the community and engage new audiences. The Museum’s value as a tourism and cultural facility has been recognised through 8 local, state and national awards. These were for tourism and hospitality, infrastructure, education and public programs.

Life Long Learning
The Museum’s education program has provided quality learning experiences to over 100,000 preschool, school and university visitors. The after-hours boys only writing club, the Dead Bones Society ran for 6 years in collaboration with author Paul Staff ord, and developed into the Scattered Bones virtual classroom which has reached over 40,000 students via video conference. This program received a National MAGNA (Museums and Galleries National Awards).
In collaboration with Charles Sturt University, the Museum initiated an annual Somerville
Lecture series, with the inaugural lecture in 2009. Charles Darwin: His ideas and his impact was held to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth or Charles Darwin and his visit to Bathurst in 1836. This was the first in a program of academic science based lectures.
An annual Kids Day has included a range of programs with a science theme: A Day at the
Museum – Monkey Madness show brought a capuchin monkey to visit the T. rex, other days have included Dinosaur Day, Crocodile Day, Bug Day, Ice Age Day and a science fair, Just Add Science.
A varied range of additional programs have been designed to reach diverse audiences.
These have include Fossil Flicks (an annual fi lm festival with a pop-up bar) a kids pyjama party movie night, holiday activities, Dinosaurs in the Dark torchlight tours, Prehistoric Preschool, Science Week activities and Museum Selfie Day. Introduced in 2017, Museum Selfie Day is an annual open day with 1800 visitors to the BRC run Museums in 2018.

Temporary Exhibitions
The Temporary Exhibition Gallery has showcased over 50 exhibitions exploring natural and social history. Highlights of the exhibition calendar include national and international travelling exhibitions: Hatching the Past – Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, Supercroc,
Upstream Downstream - Peter Trusler’s Paleoreconstruction Art, Questacon and the
Scott Sisters. The program has also included a range of local In-house and collaborative exhibitions such as Space Rocks, Bathurst Treasures, Plesiosaur – Prehistoric Predator or Modern Myth?, A Son of Bathurst - Hector Lupp, and Mini Mammoth. Museum Friends A group of loyal local supporters formed a Friends of the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum group to supplement the cultural life of the Museum.

Museum operations
The Museum is governed by the Board of the Somerville Company. The day to day operations of the Museum are administered by Bathurst Regional Council who is currently the sole financial supporter of the museum.

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