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Dinosaur Discovery Experience 

Australia’s ultimate hands on Dinosaur experience where you can get your hands dirty and be a part of the team uncovering 95 million year old bones in the laboratory of Australia’s biggest dinosaurs. These dinosaur fossils have been excavated from the Eromanga fossils fields, home to Australia’s largest dinosaurs.

A museum Fossil Technician will guide you through this fascinating experience bringing the past into the present. Our one hour guided tour is a hands on tour through the Eromanga Natural History Museum (ENHM) workshop, dinosaur and megafauna laboratories and collection room.

You will be trained by experienced Fossil Technicians who gently guide you through all the different stages of fossil preparation you may encounter. Our Fossil Technicians are locals who have themselves been trained by experts at the ENHM and Queensland Museum and have worked on the ENHM digs and in the laboratories for many years.

Who can learn to prepare dinosaur and megafauna fossils?

You need to be 18 years and over, have a good eye for detail and a steady hand, enjoy having a go and working with a team, don't mind puzzles and lastly a good dose of patience and persistence goes a long way as well. 

Bookings recommended to ensure that you can book the days you want.

Become an Honorary Dinosaur Fossil Preparator

Once you have completed ten days of dinosaur fossil preparation at the Eromanga Natural History Museum, you are then assessed to become an Honorary Dinosaur Fossil Preparator. For more information download our Fossil Prep Info document below:

Fossil Prep Info Sheet Fossil Prep Info Sheet (1016 KB)

Do you have a preference to learn to prepare dinosaurs or megafauna?

You have a choice to work on either dinosaur or megafauna fossil material. Although every effort will be made to ensure you get your preference, it will depend on availability of positions left in dinosaur and megafauna laboratory.


  • A guided tour of the workshop and the dinosaur and megafauna laboratories, where you will learn about the prehistoric and modern day story of evolution of this unique and diverse part of Outback Australia.
  • A guided tour of the Collection & Holotype Room where the real bones of the internationally significant specimen, Australia’s largest dinosaur ‘Cooper’ is housed.
  • Induction and training with a senior Museum Technician (safety gear is provided)
  • An opportunity to be able to contribute to the development of the most recent, significant dinosaur, megafauna and arid microfauna fossil collections in Australia.

Please note you will need to bring your own lunch and snacks.  Free tea and coffee is provided.

Become a Museum Member and receive great discounts.

Dinosaur Discovery Experience Rates

Per Person Rates 31st March 2018 - 1st April 2019
Adult * $90.00

**Additional consecutive days can be purchased on application**
The above rates are quoted in Australian Dollars PER PERSON per day. Ensure you read our Terms & Conditions before booking
*Minimum age 18 years. 


10 days fossil prep from $725 and after 10 days you can apply to prep for free!     Contact us for special rates for over 2 days.  

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Become a Museum Member

Museum membership grants you benefits from great discounts as well as support the continuing development of the museum. Find out more about becoming a museum member.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Holotype?

A holotype is a valuable original specimen that describes a new species.  It is a term used to describe a specimen that is the first known of its kind anywhere in the world.  A holotype can be any type of fossil, and it serves as the name-bearer of the species.  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.  These are rare and exciting discoveries, which help fill important gaps in the fossil record. 

Every animal and plant that is scientifically described is represented by a holotype.  If a scientist wishes to study the unique traits of a species, it is usually the holotype specimen they study.  The holotypes are the crown jewels of any museum collection.  These priceless specimens need to be stored and conserved at standards that meet the Code of International Zoological Nomenclature.

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