Of all the Museum’s galleries, the Minerals Gallery most faithfully retains Alfred Waterhouse’s original vision. Waterhouse’s low display cases allow an uninterrupted view of the decorated square columns, or piers, along the length of the gallery, as well as offering good display areas for visitors to view specimens.
Find out how the area around South Kensington has become a centre for science, technology and the arts, and why it is so closely associated with Prince Albert.
The terracotta animals seen around the gallery were thought to be extinct. One, the coelacanth, proved not to be.
Find out more about the design and construction of this gallery’s columns, which are typical of much of the Museum.