Minerals & Meteorites

minerals gallery

Minerals

The stunning Minerals and Meteorites Gallery quite literally sparkles and shines with some of the most beautiful mineral specimens of South Australia.

Stunning colours, shapes and sizes are all on show, handpicked from more than 35,000 specimens in our Minerals Collection, making it one the largest in the country. Many of the specimens on display were originally part of private collections that have been donated or purchased by the Museum. The Museum is still actively adding to its collection and preserving the State’s mineralogical heritage.

 

Meteorites

South Australia has a long history of meteorite discovery, dating back to 1875 with the discovery of the Yardea meteorite in the Gawler Ranges.

The specimens in this gallery give us a direct connection with outer space – visitors can touch meteorites that have passed through the atmosphere and survived impact with the Earth’s surface.

Meteorites have great scientific importance because they provide us with tangible contact with the rest of our solar system. For this reason, legislation in South Australia decrees that all meteorites found in this State after July 1980 are the legal property of the South Australian Museum, which houses the State’s collection.