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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 minute tour

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