Museums and galleries

Cockburn Geological Museum

The Cockburn Geological Museum at the Grant Institute holds a very extensive collection of geological specimens and historical objects.

The collections reflect the whole spectrum of earth science materials, including minerals, rocks and fossils.

They also contain archives of activity by famous earth scientists dating back as far as the late eighteenth century.

The total holding of the museum exceeds 130,000 specimens and other materials.


Many attractive specimens from the collections are displayed in presentation cases along the main corridors of the Grant Institute.

Much of the other material is readily accessible but in locked cabinets. The research collections from graduate theses are mainly stored in the basements to the Earth Sciences buildings.

Material in storage can also be examined by prior arrangement with the Curator.

Opening times

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, by prior arrangement with the curator. Please contact the Cockburn Museum directly.

Contact details

Cockburn Geological Museum

Contact details



Grant Institute of Earth Sciences
James Hutton Road
King's Buildings

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