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Children At The Museum

Children At The Museum

Waiting Room

Children’s toys and books are available to use while you are waiting for next tour in the museum waiting room.

Infants Free

Infants 0 to 4 years of age are free of charge but must be accompanied by their parents.

Children

Children admissions are 5 to 12 years of age

Students

Student admissions are High School and Tertiary Education students and they must produce their student ID card.

Students will discover how the fossils are found, excavated, prepared and replicated and researched. They will have the opportunity to touch real fossils, use the tools that Fossil Preparators use to clean the bones and go behind the scenes to see a working and hand-on Fossil Laboratory.

Our Education Program is still under development but we are hoping to have it up and running by April 2017.

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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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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