The National Opal Collection

The National Opal Collection

The National Opal Collection
4.5
Speciality MuseumsNatural History MuseumsHistory Museums
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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The award winning National Opal Collection is amongst Australia's most fascinating attractions, where you will discover the incredible link between opal and the dinosaur. As you enter you are surrounded by dioramas of Australia's outback and then taken through time from the dinosaur age to modern day opal production. Exhibits show how bones of prehistoric creatures can become opalised. Adjoining the museum is the spectacular showroom with Australia's largest range of opals and opal jewellery. Here you can purchase tax-free from a large range of Australian opal products.
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Karen B
4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
Excellent museum. Able to see polishing and cutting. Enthusiastic knowledgeable members of staff who explained whet he did, how and why. Amazing exhibits. Thoroughly recommend a visit.
Written 16 January 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,023 contributions
July 2023 • Solo
Australian opal mines are more prolific and produce more brilliant opals than mines found elsewhere. This treasure trove has opals of all varieties. The colors are truly remarkable. The opalized fossils are marvelous to see. Opals are Australia's national gemstone; the collection is open to everyone. Entry is free.
Written 9 July 2023
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Dobriana P
2 contributions
Apr 2023 • Solo
Very small place with very limited stones. The majority is for sale in the form of jewellery. Personally, for me nothing special. The stuff was very kind
Written 31 March 2023
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HeinMan
Schwaebisch Gmuend, Germany145 contributions
Nov 2022 • Business
Very interesting facts about beautiful „stones“ - sparkling and shining - impressive!
It is a must to visit when being in Melbourne
Written 3 November 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,023 contributions
Oct 2022
Opals come in a wide variety of shapes and colors. You can find many opals in the showroom, including the famous opalized dinosaur. The showroom has Australia's largest range of competitively priced opals and opal jewelry. By the way, opals are Australia's national gemstone, Australia produces most of the world's supply, you are unlikely to find opals cheaper elsewhere.
Written 23 October 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,023 contributions
July 2022
Opalised fossils -- including dinosaurs -- are a feature of the National Opal Collection in Swanston St, Melbourne. The opals come in white, black and the fiery red-tinted multi-coloured opals. The opals come in a diect line, from the mine to the polished gemstones. All the opals are 100 percent Australian. Opals are, after all, Australia's national gemstone -- they make an invaluable souvenir of the trip of a lifetime.
Written 6 July 2022
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AndyJohn74
Sans Souci, Australia3,380 contributions
Nov 2021
The National Opal Collection is located on Swanston Street, down a small flight of stairs. it is like going underground as the facility is designed to look like a mine. at one end is a small museum with a number of displays. the other end is the retail store. like many, I have walked past this place and never bothered to go in. Yesterday I did. I had not been overly into Opal before, however, there are some stunning pieces on view. It is not as expensive as I would have thought.
Written 24 November 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,023 contributions
May 2021
The opal is Australia's national gemstone. Opals come in a wide variety of colors and shapes; have a look and take your choice. They are a worthwhile souvenir of your Australian trip; they are likely to be a lot more expensive back home. The Opal Collection is also partially a retail outlet. By the way, opals are mined in the Outback, where it is very hot, dry and dusty; the miners live underground.
Written 6 May 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,023 contributions
Mar 2020
I have several opals which were bought from the mine Needless to say, not everyone can visit the Ouback to find their own opals. The National Opal Collection has some pretty specimens, and there's an educational video presntation. It is, however, more of a retail outlet than a museum, but it's worth having a look at. By the way, it's on a lower level, but it's okay if you take it steadily.
Written 4 March 2020
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Cedric Å
Stockholm, Sweden98 contributions
Dec 2019
Mainly a store to buy opals, but has a small museum with some excellent examples of beautiful opals and some videos to watch. Well worth to stop by if you're passing through.
Written 26 December 2019
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Glad you stopped by and enjoyed your visit.
Written 27 December 2019
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  • Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:30 pm