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Kudos is 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. It is not spent, only accrued. When Kudos is earned, its 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[UK]1st floor[US].

100 Kudos or more is a necessary requirement for members to start Bone Voyage, which grants access to Fossil Island. Once 153 Kudos has 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 230 Kudos in the Varrock Museum activity through five different methods:

Digsite finds[edit | edit source]

Ground floor[UK]1st floor[US] display numbers
1st floor[UK]2nd floor[US] display numbers
2nd floor[UK]3rd floor[US] 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[UK]1st floor[US] 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.

Finds[edit | edit source]

There are five artefacts in total that you can exchange for kudos by talking to any of the archaeologists in the cleaning area:

Artefact Display Kudos
Pottery.png Pottery[n 1] 22 10
Old symbol.png Old symbol 36 10
Ancient symbol.png Ancient symbol 37 10
Ancient coin.png Ancient coin 44 10
Old coin.png Old coin 45 10
  1. ^ This case is already occupied with other pottery instead of a note card prior to the player find. If player has found the pottery, there will be two unique pieces in the case instead of two identical pieces.

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 number of coins, bowls, or even antique lamps. You may also find a clean necklace. If taken to an archaeologist, they will teach you how to create a Digsite pendant, which is required for a task in the Varrock Medium Diary.

Natural history quiz[edit | edit source]

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 in the first floor basement. 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 is 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.

Timeline displays[edit | edit source]

Upon completing quests, you can go to the 1st floor[UK]2nd floor[US] 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 experience in a skill of the player's choice 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[edit | edit source]

Quest Display Kudos Official difficulty Official Length XP lamp
Demon Slayer 25 5 Novice Medium None
Rune Mysteries 21 5 Novice Short None
Shield of Arrav 24 5 Novice Medium 1,000xp in a skill level 20+

Members quests[edit | edit source]

Quest Display Kudos Official difficulty Official Length XP lamp
The Grand Tree 10 5 Experienced Medium None
Hazeel Cult 7 5 Novice Short None
In Aid of the Myreque 23 5 Intermediate Long None
Making History 46 5 Intermediate Short-Long 1,000xp in a skill level 20+
Merlin's Crystal 9 5 Intermediate

(Under 10 minutes with teleports)

1,000xp in a skill level 20+
Observatory Quest 17 5 Intermediate Short-Medium None
Priest in Peril 23 5 Novice Medium None
A Tail of Two Cats 20 5 Intermediate Long None
Temple of Ikov 28 5 Experienced Medium None
What Lies Below[n 1] 3 5 Intermediate Short-Medium None

The book Dagon'hai History can be found in the easternmost bookcases in the Varrock palace library.

Miniquests[edit | edit source]

Quest Display Kudos XP lamp
Curse of the Empty Lord[n 2] 28[n 3] 10 10,000xp in a skill level 50+
  1. ^ Requires the book Dagon'hai history from the Varrock Palace library found in the two eastern most bookcases in the library.
  2. ^ Requires a complete set of ghostly robes.
  3. ^ Updates display previously updated by recounting the events of the Temple of Ikov.

Fossil displays[edit | edit source]

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 2 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[edit | edit source]

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

Medium fossils[edit | edit source]

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

Large fossils[edit | edit source]

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.png Massive snake like leviathan.

Plant fossils[edit | edit source]

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

Ancient relics[edit | edit source]

There are five ancient relics that players can exchange for kudos by talking to Curator Haig Halen. Players will also receive 200 coins for the first of each relic they give to Historian Minas, and 100 coins for any duplicate relics. Ancient relics can be obtained by breaking Barronite deposits. This is the only way free-to-play players are able to obtain kudos.

Artefact Kudos
Ancient globe.png Ancient globe 1
Ancient ledger.png Ancient ledger 1
Ancient astroscope.png Ancient astroscope 1
Ancient treatise.png Ancient treatise 1
Ancient carcanet.png Ancient carcanet 1

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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