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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

Book now
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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.

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What Lies Beneath: summer 2019-2020 exhibition at Gympie Bone Museum

what lies beneath summer 2019-2020 exhibition at gympie bone museum

Join us for an exploration of what lies beneath the sea at Gympie Bone Museum. Fish and fins, whales and dolphins, shells and seahorses: it’s all about the creatures of the deep and their wondrous world this summer.

Featuring select pieces from Queensland Museum, the Beattie Shell Collection, Aquatic Articulations, Articulated Imagination and Kris Janke Tipler.

14 December 2019 to 24 January 2020

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Magnify My World at Gympie Bunnings 17 December 2019

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Too much #holidayfun is never enough! Come to @bunnings Gympie for fun in the DIY Centre at 10am Tuesday 17 December and stay on for Magnify My World with Daniel from Gympie Bone Museum. We'll have all our equipment out for you to try – from hand held #magnifiers, to #stereomicroscopes to USB #microscopes. We'll also have loads of interesting natural and man-made bits and pieces for you to #investigate close up. Bring along anything you'd like to get a closer look at. Do you have a favourite #bone, #rock, #mineral, #plant or #insect? #Explore the shelves of Bunnings for more #treasures and bring them back to #magnify. We'll be there for a couple of hours so you can come and go as often as you want! Suitable for ages 3 to 103! Free admission. No bookings required

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Stitch In At The Museum

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Join us for a stitch and a bitch and a cuppa and a crochet! We need to create an underwater wonderland for our upcoming marine exhibition. We'll be learning how to create corals and creatures from Gympie Mistress of Stitch, @granny_square . All ages, all abilities, all welcome and all about good fun! Bring your own hook (between 3mm – 4mm). We’ll bring a small number of spare hooks just in case. BYO embroidery scissors would be good. We'll supply a bunch of yarn in a range of colours and a couple of patterns and pictures for reference too. No bookings needed. Free parking out the back! #gympiebones #163MarySt #stitchinatthemuseum #crochet #crochetcreatures #whatliesbeneath #craftivism #handmadegympie #yarnbombing #craftcommunity #townthatcraftstogetherstaystogether #stitchandbitch #stitchin #cuppaandcrochet #crochetcoralreef #gympiemistressofstitch

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Fun Palace – Owl Pellets with Gympie Regional Library

Gympie Bone Museum will be delivering an owl pellet workshop at the Gympie Regional Library Fun Palace on October 5!

We are very happy to announce that Gympie Bone Museum will be delivering an owl pellet workshop at the Gympie Regional Library Fun Palace on October 5!

Owl pellets contain all the bones of their prey. In this workshop we’ll each dissect a pellet and discover what our owls had for dinner.

We’ll have the STEAMPunks At Large microscopes on hand so you can really zoom in on what you find.

Take your pellet home, the bones you find in the pellet will need to be cleaned, but we’ll send you home with everything you need for this.

Ages 6 to 106.
Where: Gympie Library
When: Saturday 5 October
Time: 10am-11am
Booking essential: phone 5481 0859 or online at Eventbrite