Old School RuneScape uses the British convention for floor numbering: Ground floor, first floor, etc.

Kudos are the reward given to players for helping the staff in the Varrock Museum. Depending on the player clearing certain thresholds of Kudos, various staff around the museum will give out rewards. They are not spent, only accrued. When Kudos are earned, their count is displayed in the upper left corner of the screen. Players can also check their Kudos count and which tasks they have yet to complete by right-clicking the information booth found in the north-west corner at the Museum's ground floor. 100 Kudos or more are a necessary requirement to access Fossil Island. Once 153 Kudos have been earned (the previous maximum before the Fossil Island update), players may use the gate that leads to the Digsite.

A player can earn a maximum of 225 Kudos in the Varrock Museum activity through four different methods:

Cleaning finds

Museum display case locations ground floor

Ground floor display numbers

Museum display case locations first floor

First floor display numbers

Museum display case locations second floor

Second floor display numbers

One of the ways to earn kudos is by cleaning finds from the Digsite. This requires completion of The Dig Site quest. The Dig Site cleaning area can be found on the ground floor of the Varrock Museum. It is the southern part that is cordoned off. Talk to any of the archaeologists, and they will tell you that you will need to equip leather boots and leather gloves and that you will also need a trowel, rock pick, and specimen brush. The boots, gloves, and tools can all be found on the tool rack located on the south wall. When you have all your gear, you can collect uncleaned finds from the Dig Site specimen rocks next to Sinco Doar. To clean them, use them on the open specimen tables.


There are five artefacts in total that you can exchange for kudos by talking to any of the archaeologists and placing them in the correct displays around the museum. They will each give 10 kudos:

While cleaning the specimens, you may find other artefacts such as old chipped vases and arrowheads that can be exchanged for items in the artefact boxes. Possibilities include various low level ores, a small amount of coins, bowls, or even antique lamps. You may also find a clean necklace. If taken to an archaeologist, they will teach how to create a Digsite pendant.

Natural history quiz

An easy way to earn kudos is to go into the museum's basement, and complete the Natural history quiz questions on various creatures in RuneScape. To start, talk to Orlando Smith. There are various exhibits which, when reading their plaque, will give you a question related to the species depicted. The player only needs to give three correct answers and there is no penalty for wrong answers. Two kudos are earned for answering the three questions for each exhibit.

All 14 exhibits will grant the player a maximum of 28 kudos in addition to 1,000 Slayer and 1,000 Hunter experience when speaking to Orlando Smith.

Completing quests

Upon completing quests, you can go to the first floor of the museum and talk to Historian Minas. You will see a short explanation of whatever quest you are "turning in" and get kudos and/or antique lamps, which give 1,000 or 10,000 experience in a skill of the player's choice (20 or higher for 1,000 experience lamp, and above 60 or higher for 10,000 experience lamp) as a reward. Additionally, one of the various display cases in the museum will now display something pertaining to that quest.

Quests for which players can earn kudos are:

Free quests

Quest Display Kudos
Demon Slayer 25 5
Rune Mysteries 21 5
Shield of Arrav 24 5

Members quests

Quest Display Kudos
A Tail of Two Cats 20 5
Hazeel Cult 7 5
In Aid of the Myreque 23 5
Making History 46 5
Merlin's Crystal 9 5
Observatory Quest 17 5
Priest in Peril 23 5
Temple of Ikov 28 5
The Grand Tree 10 5
What Lies Below [1] 3 5
  1. Requires the book Dagon'hai history from the Varrock Palace library.


Quest Display Kudos
Curse of the Empty Lord [1] N/A 10
  1. Requires a complete set of ghostly robes.


Once the Bone Voyage quest has been completed, the player can find unidentified fossils around Fossil Island, which must be cleaned to be identified. As a head start, players can obtain five unidentified small fossils from Peter in the Museum Camp after building all the utilities.

Cleaned fossils are added to the empty displays in the Museum's paleontology floor, which is accessed by climbing down the stairs in the centre of the natural history floor. Here, there are 14 small displays, 12 medium displays, 5 plant displays, and 5 large displays, where the large display is five sets of supports, which is combined into one very large display of a Leviathan.

To fill a display, a player will need a set of limbs, spine, ribs, pelvis, and skull of the same size. For plant displays, a set of fossilised roots, stump, branch, leaf, and mushroom are required to fill a display.

Each display completed will grant the player two kudos and an antique lamp based on the display completed. A small display will give an antique lamp that grants 2,000 experience in a skill, a medium display will give 3,500 experience, and a large/plant display will give 5,000 experience, which, if all the displays are completed, adds up to 120,000 experience.

The fossils that are displayed are as follows:

Small fossils

Fossil Display Examine
Merfolk Skeleton Merfolk Skeleton display Something looks fishy.
Petrified Pufferfish Petrified Pufferfish display All puffed up and no where to blow.
Hoop Snake Hoop Snake display Talk about putting your foot in your mouth.
Wyvern Egg Wyvern Egg display Eggstraordinary.
Crab Shell Crab Shell display Looks like someone finally came out of their shell.
Fossil fuel Fossil fuel display I wonder if it can still be carbon dated?
Big, foot print Big, foot print display It's a big, foot print.
Ancient Zygomite Ancient Zygomite display Not mushroom in there.
A Clam Shell A Clam Shell display A shell of its former self.
A peculiar foot print A peculiar foot print display The shape of this foot print mush have belonged to a mythical animal...
A primitive joke A primitive joke display This fossil appears to have a crack in it.
Ancient cave painting Ancient cave painting display It's a drawing.
Biclopse Biclopse display Two heads are better than one.
Wyvern skull Wyvern skull display Not so dangerous now!

Medium fossils

Fossil Display Examine
Lobstrosity Lobstrosity display Lobservably crusty.
Tar Thing Tar Thing display You make everything, gooooey.
Goblin Merfsh Goblin Merfsh display In life it was a goblin merfish but now it has no eyes.
Twocan Twocan display Two can play at this game.
Terror Snail Terror Snail display I wonder if its feathers were slimy?
Mushtoise Mushtoise display Seems a bit withdrawn.
Shark Beast Shark Beast display Some-fin jaw-some from the deep.
Mushroo Mushroo display Ain't half a fun guy.
Sabertooth Squirrel Sabertooth Squirrel display A Paleontological nut case.
Mandibular Maximus Mandibular Maximus display Why the long face?
Dragonfly Dragonfly display I don't want to know how this abomination came to be...
Lava Monster Lava Monster display Did you know you can eat lava? But only once.

Large fossils

The only large fossil exhibit is the leviathan. Five large fossil supports (5 of each large fossil) must be completed to display the entire creature.

Fossil Display Examine
Leviathan Leviathan display Massive snake like leviathan.

Plant fossils

Fossil Display Examine
Petrified Mushtree Petrified Mushtree display Looks like there's no mush-room left in that case!
Petrified Pitcher Petrified Pitcher display Crash, bang, wallop what a pitcher.
Skroom Skroom display Looks like there's not much-skroom left in that case!
Petrified Spine Plant Petrified Spine Plant display It has terrible posture.
Petrified Large Mushroom Petrified Large Mushroom display Looks past its eat by date.


With specific amounts of kudos, certain rewards can be obtained.


  • Kudos is not plural of 'Kudo'; it is an abstract word meaning 'praise and honour earned for achievement'.
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