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The natural sciences collections of National Museums NI hold more than half a million specimens from Northern Ireland and beyond. Mighty whales and tiny snails, flowers and fungi, fossils and meteorites—these are just a few of the diverse specimens that we hold. Many of the finest are on display. Others form a huge reference collection for scientists and other museum users to consult.

If you have an enquiry about National Museum NI's natural sciences collections, please contact one of our curators who will be happy to help.

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MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: blue. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & prismatic. form: crystallised (crystal)....

FOSSIL

FOSSIL

form : hand specimen . detail : scute....

BIRD; Grey Wagtail

BIRD; Grey Wagtail

form : mount, sex : male...

MINERAL

MINERAL

Galena, Barite...

MINERAL

MINERAL

lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & equant. form: crystallised (crystal)....

BIRD; Razorbill

BIRD; Razorbill

form : mount, sex : female...

BIRD; Sandwich Tern

BIRD; Sandwich Tern

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Goldeneye

BIRD; Goldeneye

form : mount, sex : male...

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: purple (dark). lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & equant. form: crystallised (crystal)....

BIRD; Purple Sandpiper

BIRD; Purple Sandpiper

form : mount, sex : male...

GEMSTONE

GEMSTONE

colour: red. lustre: non-metallic....

FOSSIL

FOSSIL

form : hand specimen....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: green (bluish). lustre: non-metallic. form: massive & disseminated....

GEMSTONE

GEMSTONE

colour: colourless (yellowish). lustre: non-metallic. form: crystallised....

MINERAL

MINERAL

One piece containing sklodowskite, cuprosklodowskite and vandebrandite...

BIRD; Coot

BIRD; Coot

form : mount, age : nestling...

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: pink. lustre: non-metallic. form: crystallised....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: green (apple). lustre: non-metallic. form: massive....

BIRD; Yellow-tailed Oriole

BIRD; Yellow-tailed Oriole

form : mount, sex : male...

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: green. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & prismatic (fibrous). form: crystallised (aggregate)....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: white. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & prismatic. form: crystallised (aggregate). orthoclase with muscovite....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: black. lustre: metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & prismatic. form: crystallised (aggregate)....

GEMSTONE

GEMSTONE

colour : pearly white. form : round : cabochon....

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