Opal Museum, Brisbane

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Discover the intriguing & colorful history behind the Australian opal & opal mining industry.

The Brisbane Opal Museum is a collection of opal specimens, opalized

fossils and rare photographs.

Opals have played an important role in Australia’s culture & history. Come and find out for yourself how it all unfolded....

Once you enter via our underground mine you will see....

Types of opal found in Australia and around the world.

- How opal is formed and why there is colour.

- Opalized fossils.

- Photos of how opal has been mined over the years.

- Different mining techniques used today to unearth opal.

- How opal rough is turned into a cut and polished stone.

- Photos of opal jewellery by world renowned jewellers.

Listen to the stories of...



- The largest opal ever discovered (and then stolen),

- The legendary Hayrick’s Opal mine.

- How opal is priced.

- The history of opal in Australia through the ‘boom and bust’

times. And much more!

Free 10 minutes tour
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  • I would have loved to spend more time at this place! Very friendly and passionate staff, I got the sense that they really made and run this place with passion. Interesting history and incredibly... 
    I would have loved to spend more time at this place! Very friendly and passionate staff, I got the sense that they really made and run this place with passion. Interesting history and incredibly...  more »
  • i didnt know that opals are more expensive than diamonds , i learned that they also older than diamonds and the colours are fantastic, 
    i didnt know that opals are more expensive than diamonds , i learned that they also older than diamonds and the colours are fantastic,  more »
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  • Bought the opal for my (now) wife's engagement ring from this mob and whilst there learned of the 'Opal Experience' -- basically a tour of their in-house museum which is ace in itself but also includes an opal rubbing. So we teed that up for the hen party and all the girls went and had a look around the museum and rubbed their own opal! What an awesome experience for them all, they'll have some fantastic necklaces and priceless memories from the day. Great stuff.
  • I visited the museum today and the experience was far beyond my expectations. Very warm and friendly staff with a wealth of knowledge to match. Wholeheartedly recommend.

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