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Torchlight Tour 13 January 2021

Torchlight Tours are back! Our most popular event at the museum these self guided tours let you get up close and personal with the collection.

Discover the Gympie Bones after dark. Bring your torch and explore the exhibition with the lights out. Examine the bones and skulls up close, look into the corners and crannies of the cabinets and project your own shadow exhibition onto the walls and ceiling.

Online bookings are now open. Please choose a ticket type – Adult ($5), Child($5) or Adult accompanying children (free) and then choose an entry timeslot for each ticket.

We will be carefully managing the number of people in the building on the night. Ticket holders will be given priority, but this is the first time we are managing an event indoors under COVID restrictions so please be patient.

Find out more and book now >>>

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Double the Fun in the Graveyard this Halloween

Join us for two guided walks with Di Woodstock through Gympie Cemetery this Halloween. First up at 5.30pm is full moon rising and the story of Halloween. Bring your camera to capture stunning moon photos over the cemetery before the history of Halloween is explored. Follow up with stories of mayhem and misadventure at 7pm. Don’t forget your torch!

Numbers are strictly limited so bookings are essential. Book online now:
>> The story of Halloween tickets
>> Mayhem and Misadventure tickets

Suitable for ages 12 and over. Dress to impress for Halloween 👻 🎃💀🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️🧛‍♀️

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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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Everything’s coming up turtles at Gympie Bone Museum this week

taxidermy turtle

We’re all about the turtles at Gympie Bone Museum this week!

We’ve got loads of different types on loan from Qld Museum and none of them are locked away behind glass! If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with a turtle then this is your chance.

Turtle skulls are a lovely shape and really inviting to touch.

Send us your turtle selfies! Shall we do a competition for the best one???

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Gympie Bone Museum closed until 4 Feb 2020

That’s a wrap on What Lies Beneath, folks! It’s been a wonderful adventure in the octopuses garden. We’re closed for a week to clean up and recover. See you next Tuesday Feb 4 2020


Huge thanks to everyone who helped put it together, came in and supported the exhibition, including these amazing people who help us spread the word:
Play Back Gympie  All About Candy  Toyworld Gympie  Magicality Coco Blush  The Gympie Times  Dream Cakes By Dorita  Nicola Tizzard Mistress of Stitch Kris Janke Tipler & the #stitchin people Alba Aquaculture Farm  Aquatic Articulations  Jake McGowan  Gympie Gold Museum, Markets & Cafe  Zinc 96  Steve Bilko Bilokin  Rae Gate for Division 4 Gympie  Cooloola Bay Bulletin  Gympie Living  Gympie Regional Council  Colleen Miller for Div 3 in 2020  Dan 4 Gympie  Bunnings Gympie  Dianne Woodstock  Celebrate Gympie  Queensland Museum and especially to our group of incredible volunteers Dan, Trent, Daniel, Dani and Tim who run the museum every day and give such amazing experiences to our visitors. We get so many great reviews about them and we absolutely couldn’t do it without them!

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Gympie Bone Museum guest stars at Gympie Regional Gallery

One of the best things about Gympie is the way community comes together. We’ve always said we are looking for a hand up not a hand out so it’s wonderful to receive an invitation from Gympie Regional Gallery to deliver activities as part of their Holiday Fun series.

We’re proud to present 3 artistic twists on our regular workshops to be delivered by Daniel at the Gallery on Tuesday 21 January.

5 KINDS OF BONES with a twist = Bone Mandalas! Did you know that all animal bones can be sorted and classified into just five categories? Learn more about bones then use their shapes to make fabulous mandalas. For children 6 years and older. 10.00 am to 11.00 am 21 January $6 per person

MEET THE FLESH EATING BEETLES with a twist = paint the beetles on your arms! Check out our amazing beetle specimens in a tank and watch their behaviour. Learn their lifecycle and ask Daniel all your creepy crawly questions. Freak out your family – use face paints to create some little beetles running up your arm! For children 6 years and older. 11.30 am to 12.30 pm 21 January. $6 per person

MAGNIFY YOUR WORLD with a twist = become a crazy cross between an artist and a scientist! Discover what everyday objects look like up close with our microscopes and magnifiers. Bring some objects from home to check out i.e. feathers, leaves, sticks and just about anything small. You can also check out your clothes, your skin, your hair and even your ears! Make some drawings of your discoveries! For children 6 years and older. 1.30 pm to 2.30pm 21 January. $6 per person