Join the Australian Age of Dinosaurs team in the most productive Fossil Preparation Laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere and learn how to prepare real DINOSAUR fossils for display.

Working with dinosaur bones involves patience, a good eye and a steady hand. Work undertaken in the Museum's Fossil Preparation Laboratory includes mechanical preparation of bones, restoration, repairs, consolidation of specimens, sieving, sorting of matrix for micro-fossils and helping to put pieces of the dinosaur puzzle together.

Our Laboratory is open from 9am to 4.30pm, seven days a week.*

* From mid-October to end of March the Museum, including the Laboratory, is closed on Sundays for the Summer season. The Museum is also closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and sometimes a few extra days at this time of year. For more information, see Hours and Admission


There are THREE Prep-A-Dino options: Single, Twin and Honorary Technician packages.

Single Packages: Want to try it out? Single packages start from $189.00 for two days and includes membership to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs society for one year, and guided tour of the Laboratory, Collection Room and Dinosaur Canyon. Discounts apply for additional days booked.

Twin Packages Bring a friend! Twin packages start from $169.00 per person for two days and includes membership to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs society for one year, and guided tour of the Laboratory, Collection Room and Dinosaur Canyon. Discounts apply for additional days booked. 

Honorary Technicians: A Prep-A-Dino participant can qualify as an Honorary Technician after completing 10 days of preparation and training with the Museum. These days do not need to be consecutive so feel free to book as you go! To qualify as an Honorary Technician, participants are assessed for competence and aptitude by a senior Technician. Once you become an Honorary Technician you are able to Prep-A-Dino free of charge, provided you participate in a refresher training session every 12 months. Honorary Technician still need to book their prepping times, especially during peak tourist session (May to September), as spaces are limited. Positions are allocated on a "first-in" basis. Honorary Technician 10-day packages start from $729.00.



  • a guided tour of the Laboratory where participants learn how we find dinosaurs, how we dig up their gigantic bones and how we clean away the rock they have been entombed in for 95 million years
  • a guided tour of the Collection Room where the only known holotype specimens of Australovenator wintonensis (Banjo), Diamantinasaurus matildae (Matilda & Alex) and Savannasaurus elliottorum (Wade) are housed; Banjo, Matilda and Wade are three of Australia's most complete dinosaur skeletons
  • a guided tour of Dinosaur Canyon by shuttle bus. Travel 2km beyond the current Reception Centre to a spectacular part of The Jump-Up where life-sized dinosaur exhibits cast in bronze sit amongst a prehistoric landscape. Dinosaur Canyon is the Museum's latest tour offering and includes an interpretation of Australian natural history
  • induction and training with a senior Museum Technician (safety gear is provided)
  • membership to the Australian Age of Dinosaurs society including the latest copy of the AAOD Journal 
  • a once-in-a-lifetime experience working with 95-million-year-old dinosaurs bones!

MAKE AN ENQUIRY                      


Before you fill in the online enquiry, read the information supplied in the Prep-A-Dino flyer.

Once you have read the information pack, fill in the online enquiry - this is an enquiry only. 

Please complete one form per person: a child aged 12-15 is to be included on an adult application form. Any person 16+ is to fill out their own application. Please note that all children aged 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while working in the Laboratory.



When your application has been approved and full payment has been made, we will send you a confirmation via email covering everything you need to know about your future Prep-A-Dino Experience.


30 days’ notice – no charges apply

14 days’ notice – 50% of full package cost per person

7 days’ notice – 100% of full package cost per person

We look forward to meeting you soon!

For more information, send an enquiry to our Programs Co-ordinator today or call us on +61 7 4657 0078. 

*all prices are current until 31 March 2020