The Age of Fishes 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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  • This was not my cup of tea at all but a very well orchestrated museum showcasing fish fossils from the local area. We beleive in supporting all rural towns so went in . As they even said - if it...  more »
  • Small specalised museum but well laid out and a fascinating story, lovely group of ladies manning the front deck pointed us in the right direction to get the most out of the display  more »
  • We sought some air con on a particularly hot day and stumbled into this museum not knowing what to expect. What we found was friendly service and a very interesting exhibit of fossils, with extensive information about the different ages of the planet. There's a fun route you can follow through the museum while listening to an audio tour (listening device included in price of entry) which explains the different ages, the creatures that lived in those times and how they changed/died off. For the kids there's a "dig in the sand trough to find the red stones" and "find the 6 fish stickers located in the museum" and for every red stone you return to reception you get a little bag of fossilized sharks teeth! Our kids are in their teens, but even they enjoyed these activities! I'd say you'll get the most out of this if you have preschool or primary aged kids, as there are some interactive things to do (looking through microscopes etc) that they'd probably enjoy.
  • Fantastic for kids! Multiple things relating to fossils to play with while the adults can view the exhibit. Went with a 5, 3 and 1 year old, they loved it and so did we!
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