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What We Do

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The Australian Opal Centre aims to construct a new world hub for opal-focused activities, at the historic Three Mile opal field at Lightning Ridge. 

Meanwhile, the Australian Opal Centre operates from four locations: a showroom and office in Morilla St, the AOC Black Opal Heritage Shed on the Three Mile field, a rented workshop/storage space and a further AOC-owned property, all at Lightning Ridge.

As a vibrant cultural institution and self-funded not-for-profit organisation, we are BUSY!

Our Activities

  • Manage a public exhibition space open to the public six days per week
  • Manage the world’s premier collection of rare opalised fossils and opal-related books and publications
  • Facilitate and participate in scientific research on collection items
  • Buy and sell merchandise
  • Develop AOC products for wholesale and retail distribution
  • Run educational and other public programs for visiting school, university and professional groups
  • Initiate and host exhibitions and cultural activities
  • Run fossil digs
  • Develop and run opal-related classes
  • Provide knowledge services and image resources to researchers, journalists, artists, writers, government agencies and professional bodies
  • Provide a fossil identification service for local residents and visitors
  • Support the activities of partner organisations
  • Lead and participate in the documentation and preservation of natural and cultural heritage
  • Run a membership program with over 800 financial members
  • Plan for and progress the new Australian Opal Centre building
  • Conduct fundraising activities to support current operations and help fund the new AOC building

There are many ways you can get involved with the Australian Opal Centre activities; read about some of them here.