The Gympie Bone Museum is Australia’s first and only museum dedicated entirely to the art and science of modern bones and skeletons.

The museum intends to grow from the bare bones of an idea to a multi-purpose facility offering a bone and skull museum, research opportunities for postgraduate university students, skeleton and skull cleaning service for other museums and trophy hunters, art classes, specimen preparation, teacher professional development and a venue for touring museum collections, meetings, events and school excursions.


The primary object of the project is to help “highway-proof” Gympie.  We want to build a facility that will attract scientists, school groups, tourists, artists and community groups who will be able to use the museum to study, to explore or to hold classes, events and parties.  If we can start small now and build a reputation while the highway is still running through Gympie then we should be well established on the tourist and school excursion trail by the time the highway bypass is completed.


This will not be a museum of dusty dinosaurs.  The museum will be a collection of modern bones displayed in interesting and innovative ways.  As much as possible the displays will be interactive and hands on – not just skulls behind glass.  The museum also provides a venue for guest speakers and workshops, private functions, music film and art cross-cultural activities.  In the long term we hope to have a café, behind the scenes tours, junior and senior internships, skull cleaning service and after hours special events. 


The Gympie Bone Museum is currently located at 8 Fraser Rd Gympie in the grounds of the Woodworks Museum and Interpretive centre. The grounds are well set out with lush gardens and lawns, picnic area, all abilities access, large vehicle parking and a pet friendly policy.


We are currently creating an original collection and frequently loan selected pieces from the Queensland Museum. When funds are available, interesting overseas specimens may be purchased. You can lend a hand by making a bequest or donation, volunteering your time and skills and spreading the word about all the incredible things that Gympie region has to offer. Find out more about how to lend a hand here>>


$5 per person at the door or online




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Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm

Being open depends on volunteer availability.

Sorry for any inconvenience.


Jaimie Cook & Debra Cook – Dissection Connection biological specimen supplies & Rockhoundz geology specimen supplies.  Our professional background is in science education and research and our current businesses supply schools, universities and medical training facilities. 

 John Cartwright – Power & Cartwright Solicitors with over 20 years experience as a solicitor.  Chairperson of the St Patrick’s Primary School Board. 

Rae Gate – Chair of Gympie & District Community Bank Branch – Bendigo Bank, Former Gympie Regional Councillor, has strong links with many community groups in the Gympie Region.

Rikki Wason – Holds a Bachelor Degree in Business (Tourism, Leisure and Events Management) and has extensive experience in a range of fields including Community Engagement, as an Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Liaison, a Student Ambassador for the University of the Sunshine Coast, Child Protective Services and Tour Guiding in a number of popular destinations.

Former Directors

We are grateful for the support of our former directors who have been instrumental in bringing the project to life from just the bare bones of an idea.

Ben Ellingsen – Ellingsen Partners Accountants.  Ben has 6 years experience as President of Gympie Chamber of Commerce, is currently a member of the Cooinda Aged Care Centre and Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett committees and treasurer of Cooloola Christian College Ltd.

Jack Cole – Media Loco property development and Rio Tinto Superintendant of Operations and Maintenance.  Jack is a builder and also knows how to move large, heavy and difficult cargo around the world.

Kaye Silich – Media Loco property development and founder of the Rainbow Beach Spring Festival. Kaye’s strength lies in her event co-ordination and community development skills.

Geoff Smith

Gympie Bone Museum is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Details as they appear in the Australian Business Register.

ACN: 615 762 304

ABN: 32 615 762 304

ABN STATUS: Active from 20 Nov 2016


ENTITY TYPE: Australian Public Company, Limited By Guarantee

GST STATUS: Not currently registered for GST


THE GYMPIE BONE MUSEUM PROJECT LTD is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) . View our charity details on the ACNC website here>>

THE GYMPIE BONE MUSEUM PROJECT LTD is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) from 10 Mar 2017. It is covered by Items 1 & 4 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 . Please read Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) information before making a gift.