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Waiting Room

If you arrive a little early for the guided tours, our friendly staff with make you welcome in our air-conditioned waiting room.  You can make yourself a free tea or coffee and take a seat and browse through the museum reading material.  Toys are also available for children to play with while they wait.


Ladies, men’s and wheelchair accessible toilets are accessed through the
Reception/Waiting Room. 


If you need assistance please contact the nearest staff member wearing a shirt with the Museum’s logo on it.

Mobile Phone Reception

3G mobile phone reception (Telstra only) is available outside of the museum, no reception inside. 


Please call +61 (0) 7 4656 3084 or send us an email.

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  Even if a better specimen is found, the holotype is not superseded.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