Canowindra Historical Museum, Canowindra

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The Age Of Fishes Museum houses a collection of Devonian Fish Fossils. This is the only dedicated collection in the Southern Hemisphere!

150 million years before dinosaurs roamed the Earth, almost all backboned animals lived in water, not on land.

This was the Devonian Period or the "Age Of Fishes". A chance find near Canowindra NSW in 1956, and a major excavation of the same site in 1993, uncovered a remarkable fossil site. The site contained well preserved remains of thousands of bizarre, long extinct fishes encased in bony armour, other fishes with lungs and huge predators with crocdile like jaws, many of them new to science.

The most important fossil treasures are now on display at the Age Of Fishes Museum in Canowindra. This unique "window in time" allows visitors to study what happened in Canowindra 360 million years ago. The fossils are supplemented by permanent exhibitions, gift shop, geological time walk, sculpture garden, outdoor picnic area and BBQ facilities. There are many hands on activities in the Museum such as the education den, giant games board, huge floor puzzles and fossil dig pits.

Individuals and groups, please book in advance, are welcome between 10am and 4pm 7 days with the exception of Christmas Day and Good Friday. Other times are by appointment.
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  • The enthusiastic and friendly co-operation from the volunteers who work there was fantastic. My wife had family, grandparents and other relatives, who lived in Canowindra and we were just having a...  more »
  • This a very interesting museum telling the story of the fossil fish found in and around Canowindra in the years gone by. Also interesting to see where Australia was first on the World map and where.....  more »
  • This is a fascinating place to look back a few million years or 60! It shows the history of this part of Australia as well as the history of the work to make the museum and how much one person can bring others along with their vision. It has great interactive area for school children as well as adults. Go.
  • An excellent insight into our fish history with an amazing array of fossils and information. Helpful and attentive staff, friendly and always willing to help. Highly recommended.
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