The South African National Geoscience Museum was established in 1897, with its doors being opened to the public for the first time in 1905. Mandated by the Gesocience Act (Act 100, 1993 as amended), the Council for Geoscience governs and manages the National Geoscience Museum, with its maintenance and expansion being integral to this mandate.
The nucleus of the geological collections at the Museum originally came from the previous ‘Staatsmuseum’ and comprised ores and rocks from particular districts and minerals specimens. Additionally, over the years donations to the Museum have been received from miners, prospectors and other well-wishers interested in preserving South Africa's earth science heritage and minerals history.
The National Geoscience Museum offers information concerning various aspects of the earth sciences. Exhibitions are currently primarily focussed on the following:
• The solar system
• Systematic mineralogy
• Various famous Southern African minerals.
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Images from our minerals collection - visit us for more information!