Mineralogy collection database

The database contains information on specimens in the Museum's mineralogy collection.

Our 417,000 specimens are arranged in five groups:

  • minerals
  • rocks
  • meteorites
  • ores
  • ocean bottom deposits

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Using the database

There are two ways to search the database:

If you cannot find the records you are looking for, please try searching different fields, or contact the database administrator.

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The data

Some records may have more information than others, reflecting priorities within our database strategy. We are currently working to fill these gaps and enhance the records with research related information.

Please be aware that information has been extracted from hand-written registers, so you may discover old classification or geographical terms. We are working to correct these. 

Our aim is to deliver accurate data, so if you see an error please let us know.

Copyright details

The information on this website, including images, is covered by the Natural History Museum website Terms of use.

Some of the images in the database are available for commercial use through the Museum's Picture library.

Contact us

Database adminstrator
Earth Sciences Department
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7942 5000