Identification Service

Found a rock, fossil or mineral? Bring it to the Museum and we will do our best to identify it for you, free of charge.

Please phone ahead to check that someone is available to look at your specimen and discuss it with you. If it's something unusual, we may ask you to leave it with us for a few days so we can find out more information before making an identification. Please note that on Saturdays we cannot guarantee that the relevant member of staff will be on duty.

Alternatively you can email us with the details of your specimen. Please send good quality photographs taken from different angles and using a ruler for scale so that we know how big it is. It is also very useful to know where you found the specimen.

Please do not send objects by post to the Museum for reasons of safety and security. However, we are happy to accept written enquiries accompanied by photographs.

Please note we do not offer a valuation service for specimens.




Monday to Friday
10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 17:00

Saturday
10:00 to 16:00 

Sunday
CLOSED



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On June 19th we are celebrating games and museums with an Animal Crossing live stream! We will join palaeontologist Rob Theodore and game designer Elizabeth Simoens as they explore her island museum.


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