Natural Sciences

Earth Science Collection



The Earth Science collection is evenly split between the rock and mineral collection and the palaeontology collection, with about 3000 specimens of each, as well as a few meteorites.

The rock and mineral collection includes the Hatch and Butler collections, important references for KwaZulu-Natal dating back to 1880. Many of these sites are no longer accessible, increasing the value of these specimens.

The Palaeontology collection is predominantly from KwaZulu-Natal, but also includes reference specimens from the rest of South African and a few global specimens. The majority of the specimens are plant fossils from the Mooi River area, along with associated insect specimens.

Opening Times

Monday to Friday - 9:00 to 16:00 
Saturdays - 9:00 to 16:00 
Sundays - 10:00 to 15:00


Adults (over 17 years) : R 20.00

Children (4-17 years) : R 10.00 

School Learners on tour : R 3.00 per child

Pensioners & toddlers : FREE