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 December to the 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 Plan a Visit.

Package options (Prep-A-Dino experience)

Ready-to-book packages

Prices from

1-day Prep-A-Dino Experience plus Ultimate Dinosaur tour  


3-day Prep-A-Dino Experience plus Ultimate Dinosaur tour


5-day Prep-A-Dino Experience plus Ultimate Dinosaur tour


11-day Honorary Technician package plus Ultimate Dinosaur tour    



Create your own Prep-A-Dino experience

Interested in creating your own custom experience? Enquire now.

Prep-A-Dino rates

Prices from

Laboratory induction (mandatory and valid for one year)                      


Daily preparation rate 



On site accommodation rates: Maloney Lodge 

(Only available to Prep-A-Dino participants)                                                

Prices from

1 to 7 nights   

$67 a night

8 to 14 nights

$60 a night

15 to 21 nights

$45 a night

21 nights and above

$30 a night 


On site accommodation: rates: van site

(Only available to Prep-A-Dino participants)                                                

Prices from

1 to 7 nights

$30 a night

8 to 14 nights

$26 a night

15 to 21 nights

$22 a night

21 nights and above

$18 a night

Prices are valid until 31 December 2023. Ask about our twin discounts and Honorary Technician rates.   


  • 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.
  • An online induction and training with a senior Museum technician (safety gear 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!


A Prep-A-Dino participant can qualify as an Honorary Technician after completing ten 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 Museum 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 Technicians 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.

Note: Participants aged 12 to 15 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times while working in the Laboratory.





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.    

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