Explore the rock specimens in the Hintze Hall display.
About the display
The large-scale cabinets on the first-floor balcony of Hintze Hall showcase nature's diversity in four spectacular displays.
Earth's crust is constantly changing as new rocks form and old ones erode. The rocks in this case are organised from right to left into three broad groups, based on how they formed.
Igneous rocks are formed by the cooling and crystallisation of magma. Metamorphic rocks develop when an existing rock transforms to a different type through pressure and temperature changes. Sedimentary rocks comprise the eroded particles of other rocks.
Check out the other displays in this series:
Explore more rocks and minerals from the Museum's collection in the Minerals gallery.