Battling plastic dinosaurs, cavemen riding dinosaurs and science experiments gone horribly wrong and are all featured in the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum’s Fossil Flicks – Silent Film Festival as part of this year’s Winter Festival.

Fossil Flicks will be presented over three winter nights Friday nights on 30 June, 7 and 14 July from 6pm. The 1920s movies have been chosen specifically to relate to the Somerville Collection with a science and dinosaur theme.

The first screening on 30 June “The Lost World” and animated cartoon Gertie the Dinosaur are some of the earliest examples of stop motion animation featuring dinosaurs. The Lost World is a 1925 silent dinosaur fantasy adventure adapted from Arthur Connan Doyle's 1912 novel which inspired the Jurassic Park series. Battling dinosaurs are brought to life by pioneering stop motion photography special effects.

The second screening on 7 July 2017 celebrates science fiction/horror genre, with a double feature including the silent horror Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1920) as well as comedy Dr Pyckle and Mr Pryde (1925). John Barrymore stars in the renowned silent horror adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic about a Victorian scientist who turns himself into a murderous abomination. Dr Pyckle and Mr Pryde is a comedy spoof of the same novella starring Stan Laurel.

On 14 July 2017 it’s a 1920s glimpse into life in the Stone Age with Felix the Cat and the Stone Age and Felix Doubles for Darwin followed by the main feature “The Three Ages”, a comedy starring Buster Keeton. The rituals of courtship, romantic rivalry and love play out in three historical ages, the Stone Age, ancient Rome and the 1920s, as Buster Keaton vies with a villain to win the girl. In the Stone Age, the rivalry is set off by dinosaurs, a turtle used as a Ouija board, and a round of golf with stones.

Dress to suit this 1920s themed night which will include 1920s themed music, a pop up bar and a chance to escape the winter cold.

Tickets are $20 adult and $15 concession and include a free welcome drink an unlimited supply of popcorn, and a pop-up bar. This event is not designed for children under 15. Book a table for 4 or 5 people or single seats T: 02 63315511.

For families, we are also running our popular Dinosaurs in the Dark torchlight tours on Thursday 6 and 13 July at 7pm. The tours usually fill quickly so contact the Museum on T: 02 63315511 to book. Tickets for the torchlight tours are $14 adult, $10 concession, $8 child and $30 family







Back on display in Bathurst by popular demand, the LEGO Mount Panorama –Wahluu Model has moved to the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum.

These LEGO models tell the stories of the cultural significance and history of Mount Panorama – Wahluu and its evolution into one of the best known racing facilities in Australia. At the Museum we have included information about how the mountain formed and geology of the region.

In 2016 Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) commissioned Ryan ‘the Brickman’ McNaught, to build two LEGO models, one of the top of Mount Panorama – Wahluu and the other of the Mount Panorama - Wahluu Pit Straight.

Ryan ‘the Brickman’ McNaught is one of only 14 LEGO certified professionals in the world, and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. The models were built in The Brickman’s Melbourne studio over a few weeks by a team of LEGO builders. There are a total of 18 well known stories about the history of the site included in the two models, each created from photographs, track diagrams and local details.

We are thrilled to host this exhibition over the next few months. As a science museum, we are always looking for ways to encourage visitors to engage in science, technology and design in a hands on way. A custom built table provides an opportunity for visitors to test their LEGO design skills where they can play and construct their own LEGO creations. With the LEGO exhibition we have already seen some magnificent creations produced, with visitors both young and old reluctant to leave. We encourage visitors to post images of their constructions, tagging our facebook page and using #BathurstLEGO.

The exhibition has also given us an opportunity to tell the story of the geology of Mount Panorama. There is a common myth that Mount Panorama was once a volcano. There is no geological evidence of this. In fact, it was probably once the course of the Wambuul or Macquarie River. About 19 million years ago a lava flow from a volcanic vent in the Abercrombie region would have followed the river course and covered the lower lying land. Once it cooled it was harder than the landscape around it, so the river course would have diverted, and eroded the landscape around it by about 200m (or 10m per million years).

The exhibition is free with Museum entry or if you want to visit the LEGO exhibition only, the cost is $5 per child per day to ‘play’. Bookings will only be taken for groups of 10+. Parents are welcome to join in however, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

The LEGO Mount Panorama - Wahluu Model will be on exhibition at the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum from 7 April until 24 July 2017.

This is a Bathurst Regional Art Gallery touring exhibition.

Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum

224 Howick Street Bathurst 2795

Open 10am – 4pm Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 2pm Sunday.

Admission charges apply