Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

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. 

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BIRD; Little Owl

BIRD; Little Owl

form : mount, sex : male...

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: white & pink (brownish). lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: subhedral & tabular. form: crystallised (aggregate)....

GEMSTONE

GEMSTONE

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

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: grey. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & platy. form: crystallised (aggregate)....

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

FOSSIL;  Ammonite

FOSSIL; Ammonite

form : hand specimen. whole : group of four conchs with original nacre or shelly mudstone matrix....

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: white. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & platy. form: crystallised (aggregate) & drusy....

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

BIRD; Greenshank

BIRD; Greenshank

form : mount, sex : male...

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: green (emerald). lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: subhedral & prismatic. form: crystallised (crystal)....

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: black. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: subhedral & platy. form: crystallised (aggregate)....

BIRD; House Sparrow

BIRD; House Sparrow

form : mount, sex : male...

BIRD; Little Bittern

BIRD; Little Bittern

form : mount, age : immature...

BIRD; Shelduck

BIRD; Shelduck

form : mount, sex : male...

FOSSIL;  fish

FOSSIL; fish

hand specimen & resin block....

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

MINERAL

MINERAL

colour: colourless & white. lustre: non-metallic. crystal habit: euhedral & equant. form: crystallised (aggregate)....

BIRD; Buzzard

BIRD; Buzzard

form : mount, sex : female...

GEMSTONE

GEMSTONE

colour: green (pale). lustre: non-metallic. form: crystallised....

BIRD; Whimbrel

BIRD; Whimbrel

form : mount, age : adult...

MINERAL

MINERAL

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

GEMSTONE

GEMSTONE

colour: red. form: mixed cut....

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