Step back in time to see the Museum as it was in 1881 with its original oak display cabinets in the Minerals gallery.
See sparkling gems alongside raw minerals, marvel at the variety of colours, textures and shapes, and learn how they're formed.
Star specimens and exhibits
- examples of mineral use, from circuit boards to matches and toothpaste
- ornamental mineral art
- curiosities from the collection of Sir Hans Sloane
- a 635-kilogramme iron meteorite that fell in Argentina in 1783
- a 9,381 carat flawless blue topaz gemstone - the largest of its kind
- and a wall display of many more meteorite specimens
Explore the galleries with the Museum map
Find out how to get around with the Museum map. There are four zones to discover.
Discover: rocks and minerals
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Work to begin on Mary Anning statue for Lyme Regis
A milestone has been reached in the campaign for a statue of fossil hunter Mary Anning in Lyme Regis.21 January 2021
Beautiful new emerald-green mineral described from Cornwall
New minerals from the UK are very rare.11 December 2020
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The world's rarest mineral resources are in your hands.