The rock collection contains around 123,000 sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks collected around the world during the past 250 years. We are using these specimens to better understand the evolution of our planet.
David A Smith, curator
Mineral and Planetary Sciences Division
The Natural History Museum
+44 (0)20 7942 5163
Contact the mineralogy collections team with scientific enquiries about the collections.
From historic voyages of discovery to modern geological surveys, find out how we built our rock collection.
Search by keyword, registration number, specimen type, locality or donor.
Discover the well-known geologists and historic events represented in our collection.
Learn about our collection of around 16,000 specimens, including decorative stones, marbles and granites.
Specimens from our rock collection are available for study or chemical analysis.