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Mineral/Geology Museums in United Kingdom


PhotoMuseum NameLocationDetails

Birmingham

Lapworth Museum of GeologyEdgbaston,
Birmingham

Bristol

Bristol Museum and Art GalleryBristol

Cambridgeshire

Sedgwick Museum, University of CambridgeCambridge,
Cambridgeshire
The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is the oldest of the University of Cambridge museums, having been established in 1728 as the Woodwardian Museum. Since then the collection has grown from about 10,000 fossils, minerals and rocks, to at least 2 million.

Cornwall

Caerhays EstateSt Austell,
Cornwall
Caerhays is justifiably and internationally famous for its gardens, largely created by John Charles (J C) Williams. What until recently has been little in evidence is the selection of fine minerals assembled by generations of the Williams family at Burncoose and Scorrier House and now on display as part of the house ...
Camborne School of Mines MuseumPenryn,
Cornwall
King Edward Mine MuseumCamborne,
Cornwall
King Edward Mine, the oldest complete mine left in Cornwall, reopened in May 2017 following vital restoration. Enjoy our new exhition centre, cafe and talk with our knowledgible volunteers.
Liskeard and District MuseumLiskeard,
Cornwall
Royal Cornwall MuseumTruro,
Cornwall
St Agnes MuseumSt Agnes,
Cornwall
The museum is open daily from 10:30am to 5:00pm from Good Friday to the end of October. Free entry. The museum contains specimens from St Agnes mines and has explanations of the geology of the region. Mining St Agnes was once the busy hub of the tin and copper mining industry, and the museum contains ...

County Durham

Killhope Lead Mining MuseumUpper Weardale,
County Durham

Derbyshire

Peak District Lead Mining MuseumMatlock,
Derbyshire
A museum dedicated to the history of mining in the Peak District.

Dorset

Bournemouth Natural Science Society & MuseumBournemouth,
Dorset
Purbeck Mineral and Mining MuseumWareham,
Dorset
The Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum (PMMM) is dedicated to the history of Purbeck Ball Clay mining, the industrial heritage of Purbeck and the Purbeck narrow gauge railways.

London

Geological Museum
(Permanently closed)
South Kensington,
London
Absorbed into the Natural History Museum in 1988, to become the Earth Galleries. The museum was famous during the 1970s and 1980s for "The Story of the Earth" exhibition, with a huge reproduction of a scottish rock face, movie describing the formation of the earth, earthquake machine and interactive exhibits.
Natural History MuseumSouth Kensington,
London

Merseyside

World MuseumLiverpool,
Merseyside
There are over 67,000 rocks, minerals and fossils in the earth science collections from all around the world. They range in age from 4.5 billion years to 5,000 years ago. The collections were made mainly in the 19th and 20th century and sold or donated to the museum from 1870 onwards.

North Yorkshire

Yorkshire MuseumYork,
North Yorkshire
Our outstanding geology collection includes minerals, rocks and fossils from across Britain and the world, and covers everything from gems to meteorites. The collection started with the discovery of an ancient hyena den in nearby Kirkdale and expanded rapidly in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is an invaluable ...

Oxford

Oxford University Museum of Natural HistoryOxfordFounded in 1860 as the centre for scientific study at the University of Oxford, the Museum of Natural History now holds the University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimens.

Scotland

Hunterian Museum and Art GalleryGlasgow,
Scotland
William Hunter’s original collection was assembled to improve knowledge of the world and was rich in rare and important objects. Some 200 years later, the Hunterian Museum, located in the Gilbert Scott building, contains a huge variety of objects and offers the chance to discover and explore.
Museum of Lead MiningWanlockhead,
Scotland
National Museums of ScotlandEdinburgh,
Scotland
Staffin MuseumIsle of Skye,
Scotland
The Cockburn Geological MuseumEdinburgh,
Scotland
The Cockburn Museum at King's Buildings holds an extensive collection of geological specimens and historical objects which reflect Edinburgh's prominent position in geological sciences since the time of James Hutton (1726-1797) and its continuing activity today. The stored collections reflect the whole spectrum of ...
Treasures of the EarthFort William,
Scotland
Treasures Of The Earth is a private collection of Crystals, Gemstones and Fossils. Founded over 20 years ago by a father and son team following their keen interest in all things Geology. Previously a Catholic Church, the building has since been turned into one of Europe’s largest collection of Crystals, Gemstones & ...

Surrey

Haslemere Educational MuseumHaslemere,
Surrey

Tyne and Wear

The Great North MuseumNewcastle upon Tyne,
Tyne and Wear
The Great North Museum’s mineral collection has its origins in the early 19th century, the nucleus of which was collected by William Hutton (1797-1860). Hutton was also instrumental in acquiring for the museum the collection of about 1,000 Russian minerals donated by Tsar Nicholas I in 1838.

Wales

National Museum WalesCardiff,
Wales
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