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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

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Revealing the Ravenous Reptiles with Di at Gympie Bone Museum

revealing the ravenous reptiles live stem talk with di woodstock at gympie bone museum

Di Woodstock is back from her latest dinosaur adventure in Winton! This time she has logged some serious hours in the lab prepping the bones of the ravenous reptiles that have been found in the area. You’ll be fascinated to hear what it takes to get a dinosaur bone from dig to display.

Come along to Gympie Bone Museum this school holidays to meet Di and hear all about it.

Gympie local Dianne Woodstock is a woman of many talents and passions. Di has been volunteering at the Australian Age of Dinosaur digs in Winton for many years. And it’s funny who she’s run into up there this time.

This will be a Q&A with museum director Debra Cook and with plenty of space for questions and conversation. The Ravenous Reptiles exhibition with select pieces on loan from Queensland Museum will be on display. Exhibition curated by Daniel Baines.

Admission: $2 per person entry to the museum
No bookings required

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School Holiday Fun: Bugs After Dark Torchlight Tour

bugs after dark torchlight tour gympie bone museum holiday fun

Torchlight Tours are back for one night only with this school holiday fun event Bugs After Dark!
Our most popular event at the museum these self guided tours let you get up close and personal with the collection.

This April School Holidays we’re going on an Insect Safari!
Discover the Gympie Bones after dark on Friday April 12. Bring your torch and explore the exhibition with the lights out. Examine the bones and skulls and the insect exoskeletons up close, look into the corners and crannies of the cabinets and project your own shadow exhibition onto the walls and ceiling. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Doors open at 6.00pm. Entry $5 donation per person to the Gympie Bone Museum. Adults accompanying children are free.
No bookings needed. Plan to have dinner at Dorita’s Cafe next door after your tour!

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Meet you at the dead centre of Gympie!

Meet us at the dead centre of Gympie for our next death literacy event.

We’ll be having a conversation with Natalie from the Gympie Cemetery Trust in their beautiful gazebo on Cartwright Rd.


Natalie and Michelle are the friendly faces you will see when you visit the office at Gympie Cemetery. Every day they guide people through choosing a resting place in the cemetery, preparing for services and looking after the graves of loved ones.

Inspired by Dying To Know Day, at Gympie Bone Museum we’re trying bring to life conversations and community actions around death, dying and bereavement and an opportunity to:

– develop your death literacy

– consider your end of life plans such as a will and advance care plans

– share these wishes with your families

– get informed about end of life and death care options such as dying at home, home and community led funerals and natural burial

– be better equipped to support family and friends experiencing death, dying and bereavement

This is your opportunity to listen and ask any question that you are ‘dying to know’ about the cemetery but have never had the chance to ask.

Tickets $5 at Gympie Box Office.  Drinks available for purchase on the night.

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Introducing our new freight sponsors: Fastway Couriers Sunshine Coast

fastway couriers sponsors of the gympie bone museum

Regular visitors to the museum will know that we always have items on loan from the Queensland Museum. This helps us keep the displays fresh and interesting while we are making new ones in the background. It also lets us display native animal specimens which have special and expensive licensing requirements.

We are thrilled to announce that John and Ann from Fastway Couriers Sunshine Coast depot have sponsored the cost of transport for 50 boxes.  This is a huge hand up for the museum.  The savings we have made on freight can now go towards building more skeletons for the permanent collection.  With same day service to Brisbane and comprehensive online tracking capability we can be confident that the delicate museum specimens are in safe and capable hands.

If you happen to see our Gympie courier, Darryl, out and about in his bright blue Fastway shirt then give him a thumbs up.  He does a great job in all kinds of weather and takes good care of our delicate freight.

Thank you, John and Ann! Generous people like yourselves are the very backbone of the the Gympie Bone Museum.

fastway couriers sponsors of the gympie bone museum

 

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Solar Science in the Pub

science in the pub a conversation with solar power champion murray keys

Join us on the verandah at the Australian Hotel Gympie for a conversation with Murray Keys from the Gympie Community Solar Association.

Murray had a long and successful career in forest science research and is now the president of the Gympie Community Solar Association which helps people assess their power bills and work out the cost-benefit analysis of fitting solar power systems to their homes. They are a not for profit group.

Murray has a particular interest in mitigating climate change as he has observed the effects on our environment and seen first hand the issues it is causing in the Pacific and Asia where a lot of forest research projects are managed as joint projects with state and federal government.

This is a Gympie Bone Museum free event sponsored by Gympie Regional STEM Hub. We just ask you to register to help us plan for catering. Drinks available at the bar.

Science in the Pub have been our most popular events and it is our pleasure to showcase the Science Superheroes of the region.

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It’s A Skin Thing workshop Saturday 12 May 2018

Register now for our free It’s a Skin Thing workshop on Saturday 12 May 2018.

We need lots of small bones for a crowd built public art piece that will be built in the museum in June.  The museum has been listed on the Gympie Regional Gallery Studio Art Trail this year and we want all our visitors to be a part of a new exhibit.

To get enough bones ready in time for the project we need a few extra hands.  This is a good opportunity to run a free skinning workshop and get it done quickly.

We’ll be skinning small, introduced species like toads and mice which have all been humanely sourced and euthanased.  All materials including gloves will be provided.  This workshop is not for the faint hearted!

Tea, coffee, cold drinks and afternoon tea will be provided.

This workshop will run from 1pm – 5pm Saturday 12 May 2018.  Numbers are strictly limited to just 12 places.  Please note this event will not be held in the museum but will be held in our workshop nearby.  Address details will be provided to participants the day before the event.

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Artist Juliette Claire shows us why we get out of bed in the morning

Juliette Claire Wehling Wrathall has a BA in Fine Art Sculpture (RMIT University). She currently practices sculpture, jewellery design, painting and drawing. Instagram: fossickandforagedesign julietteclaireart

I met Juliette Claire at a skeleton articulation workshop not long ago. She was wearing the most amazing silver earrings she had made. Juliette is bright and bubbly and ridiculously talented and when we decided to put on this art exhibition I asked her to join us. Thankfully she agreed and the photos below show her talent and her wit. I love her hashtag #whywegetoutofbedinthemorning.

Come and see Juliette’s pieces at the Skeleton Articulation and Adornment exhibition this July at the quARTz HuB 13 River Rd Gympie. More of Juliette’s work is featured on her instagram @fossickandforagedesign and you can pick yourself up a piece on Etsy.

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Gympie Bone Museum presents bone artwork exhibition

bone artwork skeleton articulation and adornment the art of science and bones at gympie bone musemAn art exhibition with bite

For the duration of July the Gympie Bone Museum will be hosted by The quARTz Hub to present our bone artwork exhibition Skeleton Articulation & Adornment.  We have been lucky enough to secure grant funding for this exhibition.  We thank the Regional Arts Development Fund and our local Bendigo Bank community branch for the help to deliver another first for Gympie.

The art of science and bones is curated by artist, gilder and furniture restorer Manu Bugallo-Vales. It will also feature work by artists Juliette Claire of Fossick and Forage Design, Annie Howard and Gympie Bone Museum.  There will be interactive elements to the show as well as special events during the month.

Bone artwork designed to inspire

Artists, photographers, teachers and students are encouraged to visit the exhibition and be inspired by the works on display.  We are interested in seeing the creative work this exhibition might inspire in others.

The quARTz HuB is now in the building formerly occupied by PC Place at 13 River Rd Gympie next to the Telstra shop.  The exhibition will be open 3 – 30 July and entry is free.  The HuB is open 9-3 Monday to Friday and 9-12 on Saturday.  Private viewings and after hours access can be arranged for groups, school groups, art clubs etc by contacting us via our contact page.