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Prehistoric Bayside

29 June to 25 August 2024

Bayside is home to one of the most important fossil areas in all of Australia, dating back roughly 5-6 million years of age.

From giant Killer Sperm Whales that ate other whales, to monstrous sharks half as long as a basketball court, Prehistoric Bayside showcases the tumultuous lives of these bizarre beasts, displaying this groundbreaking fossil material for the first time. These fossils were found with the help of numerous citizen scientists, whose contributions are helping us piece together this ancient landscape, one bone at a time.
Guest curated by Ben Francischelli

Exhibition showing 

29 June to 25 August 2024


Brighton Town Hall, Corner Carpenter and Wilson Streets, Brighton (entry on Wilson Street)
Phone: (03) 9261 7111

Opening hours

Bayside Gallery is open at the following times.

Wednesday - Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday 1pm - 5pm

The Gallery is closed on all Victorian Public holidays and in between exhibitions. Please review our exhibition dates before visiting. 

School visits 

29 June to 25 August 2024

View education resource.

Download printable education resource.

School tours with Palaeontologist Ben Francischelli available upon request.

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Image credits: Photographs by Mark Ashkanasy

National Science Week Bayside Schools Day

Suitable for all levels.

Tuesday 13 August 10am – 2pm (timed sessions)

This National Science Week, join us for our Prehistoric Bayside Schools Day! Treat your students to an up-close encounter with a real-life palaeontologist, handle fossils, and learn all about the prehistoric history of Bayside! Limited places available.

Free event – booking essential