National Mineral and Fossil Collection

The National Mineral and Fossil Collection contains over 300,000 mineral, meteorite, fossil, and rock thin section specimens, with around 700 on permanent display in the foyer at Geoscience Australia.

Azurite. Photo credit: Jeff Scovil Photography

About the Collection

A short history about the collection, numbers of specimens and types of material we manage.

Geoscience Australia foyer

View the Collection

The collection may be viewed in person at Geoscience Australia's premises in Canberra, or from anywhere in the world via the online platform.

Neohelos skull


Information about loaning material from the collection.

Volunteer photographer Chris Fitzgerald


Details about volunteering at Geoscience Australia, and some current volunteer projects.


Collection Management & Preservation Policy

Provides the framework for Geoscience Australia to manage the various physical collections that we hold.