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See the video of our first ever raffle draw

As promised here is the curio raffle draw live from Gingers On Horseshoe one of our favourite corner shops here in Gympie! Huzzah!

As promised here is the curio raffle draw live from Gingers On Horseshoe one of our favourite corner shops here in Gympie! Huzzah!

Posted by Gympie Bone Museum on Saturday, 6 June 2020
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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

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Twilight Tour in the Graveyard with Di Woodstock 7 Feb 2020

Headstone symbology and meanings intrigue many people as they wander through Cemeteries.

Our Gympie Cemetery has many old headstones with beautiful carvings.

Come and join us as we wander through the twilight and learn the stories behind the carvings on a tour led by Gympie history aficionado Di Woodstock. Di has led cemetery walks for many years that focus on the families and personalities who have been laid to rest in there, but this series of talks focuses on the fascinating history of grave art and monumental masonry.

When: Friday twilight 7th Feb 2020

Time: 5.15pm for 5.30pm start

Cost: $10 per person 16 years and over; under 16 years free

Where: Gympie Cemetery – Duke St (Corella Rd)

Bring: Comfy shoes, bug spray, a torch if you want

Bookings essential – phone Di Woodstock on 0419 224 628 or book online on our website now

This is the first in a series of Twilight Tours led by Di in conjunction with The Gympie Bone Museum

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5 Kinds Of Bones at Gympie Bunnings 7 January 2020

5 Kinds Of Bones at Gympie Bunnings 7 January 2020

Become a bone-afied bone ID expert at 5 Kinds Of Bones this school holidays!

Join Daniel from Gympie Bone Museum at 10.30am after holiday craft in the DIY Centre at Gympie Bunnings and learn the secrets of identifying a bone. We’ll get you boned up on the kinds of bones you might find on your outdoor adventures and then you can visit the museum collection in Mary St to practice your skills.

No bookings required

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Gyotaku – the Japanese art of fish printing with Nicola Tizzard

gyotaku the japanese art of fish printing with nicola tizzard sat 11 january 10am at gympie bone museum

Join us for a Gyotaku printing workshop with artist and Museum Studies graduate Nicola Tizzard.
Gyotaku is a traditional fish printing method started by Japanese fishermen to record their catch!

Learn the techniques and take home a beautiful print. We supply the fish or, bring your own catch!

10 a.m. to 1pm Saturday, January 11th
Talk only $5
Talk and take home a print $10

If you register for the talk only and decide on the day that you’d like to make a print then you’ll still be able to do that. Just pay the difference on the day. Cash or PayWave available instore.

Get tickets on our website or pay on the day. Places limited to 15 only so online ticket holders will be given preference on the day.