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Discover the intriguing & colorful history behind the Australian opal & opal mining industry.Plan to visit Opal Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Brisbane attractions using our Brisbane online sightseeing planner.
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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Opal Museum reviews
Absolutely fantastic location. gorgeous pieces I wholeheartedly endorse. It was wonderful to meet their pet (Stampee); he was very adorable. It was also quite educational. I'll surely return.
Absolutely fantastic location. gorgeous pieces I wholeheartedly endorse. It was wonderful to meet their pet (Stampee); he was very adorable. It was also quite educational. I'll surely return. more »
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 »
If you're a fan of opals, look no further. Geoff is a man who lives and breathes opals and has a genuine passion for what he does that is sorely lacking in a lot industries these days. The museum itself is a treasure and educational and the store has so many precious stones of all price ranges so everyone can afford something. We have purchased 6 opals off him in the last year and it pains my wallet to say we'll be purchasing a lot more in the future. Do yourself a favour and check it out.
Love Australia and also opals, so just a matter of time til I bought my own opal from the shop online. Although I have never personally visited the museum it will be on my list on my next visit. Received my opal pendant in good time considering the effects of Covid, beautifully presented in its box and wonderful blue sparkles when it catches the light. Great purchase, very happy. Many thanks from the UK
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