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The Gympie Bone Museum has to move

We’ve run out of room where we are in Condies Arcade and the building is going to be renovated so we’ve had to shift everything into storage.  Compulsory closure of the museum in March due to COVID 19 has really knocked our income about and will make it hard to afford the move. Thankfully Gympie Regional Council has lent a hand and given us a storage shed to keep everything safe and sound for a while.

Director Rae Gate helps move the buffalo skeleton across the park
Director Rae Gate helps move the buffalo skeleton across the park

Moving everything into storage on Saturday was a walk in the park. We had plenty of help from the crew at Bendigo Bank and the Friends of the Museum who really put their back into it. 

The skeleton crew were shoulder to shoulder on moving day at Gympie Bone Museum
The skeleton crew were shoulder to shoulder on moving day

We’re not looking for a shoulder to cry on,

but we do need a hand! We have the opportunity to move to the historic Surface Hill Church just up the road on Channon Street.  

It’s a really special building built in 1890 that will give us more parking, more exposure, more room and more scope to run events.  It will also open up the building to the public again after a long time and there are so many wonderful local stories of family events in the church to record and preserve before they are lost forever.

Historic Surface Hill Church on Channon Street Gympie
Gympie Bone Museum has the opportunity to move into the historic Surface Hill Church on Channon Street Gympie

How you can Help
It’s expensive to move and reset our exhibits in a new venue and COVID-19 has been a big setback for the museum.  So we’ve started a GoFundMe fundraiser to help to cover the bond and setup expenses. After just one week we are already almost half way to our $6000 goal!

We know it’s a shocking time to be fundraising with everything going on, but please help any way you can. Every donation will help no matter how much you can give. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to our gorgeous little town. Please click through to GoFundMe to give us a hand!

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Rodger the Lodger hitched a ride to the storage shed

We’re looking forward to a huge opening day celebration with free entry for all our lovely donors. You’ll officially be part of the skeleton crew so “come and see what you’ll look like later!”

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Bones and Bubbles Art Workshop

 

when is it 
Feb 26 at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Details

NOW EVERY FORTNIGHT FROM 29 Jan 2018
Join us after work for an introduction to drawing techniques with Tina Van. Enjoy a complimentary sparkling drink (non-alcoholic for under 18s) while this accomplished art teacher leads us through the basics of drawing with pencil and charcoal. Explore the world of positive and negative space which our skeletal subjects lend themselves to so well.

Bookings essential. $25 at the Museum, EFT available or through Eventbrite.

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Science in the Pub

 

Not all superheroes where capes – some of them wear fur coats!

Join us on the verandah for a conversation with Natalie Dowling and detection dog Maya from the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Detection Dogs for Conservation program. Natalie will disuss the innovative koala research programme that trains and employs dogs to be science superheroes. The dogs are trained to sniff out the scat of koalas so the humans can collect it and study it to secure the long term future of koala populations without disturbing the koalas. Dogs and poo – it’s a match! The dogs have sniffed their way through significant portions of Gympie and the Sunshine Coast and have contributed to the mapping of koala populations to secure the future of this unique but threatened species.

This is a free event. We just ask you to register to help us plan for catering. Drinks available at the bar.

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The bare bones of an idea

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Gympie is going to be bypassed by the Bruce Highway by 2030.  It’s likely that the disruption that is caused by the roadworks leading up to that is going to discourage visitors from stopping long before that.  So what are we going to do?

Enter the Gympie Bone Museum Project.  Led by a group of innovative and diverse Gympie business people the project intends to bring an innovative science and tourism facility to the town that will attract visitors to the town and give the locals a hub to gather in and use as a meeting place and event center.

This will be so much more than a museum.  More than a hall of bones.