Opals are one of the world’s most beautiful gemstones, reflecting colours in every hue of the rainbow. We’ve all seen opal rings and earrings, but are these stones the real thing? When you explore the fascinating story of the Brisbane Opal Museum, you’ll discover amazing new things about this gemstone you never knew.
The story of the Brisbane Opal Museum started over 100 million years ago, when a large inland sea covered about a quarter of Australia. The sea created areas of rich silica deposits (basically sand), and when combined with other natural processes and weathering, these left behind Australia’s opal fields. There are 17 opal fields in Australia, taking advantage of nature’s bounty to unearth these beautiful stones.
Opal mining isn’t easy, as you’ll learn at the museum. It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of expensive equipment, and a lot of luck. Even after expending all that effort, there’s no guarantee that you’ll find an opal!
The Brisbane Opal Museum is the next best thing to actually going out into the opal fields. You’ll learn the iconic history of the stone, how the unique Australian opal is created, mining technique and stories, and how to tell the difference between enhanced and real opals. You’ll also get to examine – and even hold – some of the museum’s amazing specimens.
You can also visit the shop – an amazing collection of genuine Australian opals you can buy for yourself! There’s something for everyone here, with the perfect piece of jewellery for every budget.
If you’d like a personal memento of your trip to the museum, you can get one of the souvenirs offered in the Brisbane Opal Museum, all reminiscent of Australian opals, mining, and the opal industry.
The Brisbane Opal Museum is a fascinating, unique way to spend an afternoon in Brisbane. It was voted One of the Top Ten Australian Museums on TripAdvisor! You’ll find it at 196 Albion Road in Brisbane, and it’s open most days, including many holidays.
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