National Earth Sciences Museum
It took the Geological Survey some years to create and refine the displays in the National Earth Science Museum and many geologists have assisted the museum over the years with information and donating specimens for displays. This museum showcases Namibia’s mineralogical and fossil wealth and aims to educate all Namibians and tourists to Namibia about the importance of Geosciences in our daily lives. At the same time the museum facilitates research co-operations, especially in mineralogy and palaeontology with other institutions all over the world. It also serves as the main repository for all Namibian minerals, rocks, meteorites and fossils.
The museum is divided into three main sections, namely Minerals, Mines and Palaeontology. It exhibits a wealth of rock, mineral, meteorite and fossil specimens, and also features displays on mineral exploration, mining and the varied contributions of mining to modern day living.
Some of the highlights in the museum include beautiful Namibian minerals and gems, iron meteorites of the Gibeon Meteorite Shower, applications of minerals and rocks in our daily lives, a series of displays depicting current and past mining activities in Namibia, the oldest fossil ape ever found south of the equator, Otavipithecus namibiensis, world famous 550-565 million year old Ediacaran fossils, which were the first multi-cellular animals, the marine reptile Mesosaurus, which lived 260 million years ago, specimens of mammal-like reptiles, like Kannemeyeria and Cynognathus, a huge fossil of Rauisuchus, an ancestor of modern crocodiles and a life-size replica of the prosauropod dinosaur, Massospondylus, which is a favorite with the children.
Entrance Fees / Opening Hours
- Hours: Mo - Fr. 8:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00.
- Entrance fees: Free of charge
- Tours are offered on request only, and booking in advance is essential and can be made with Ms H. Mocke
- Tel: 061- 284 8111
- Located: Opposite the Safari Court Hotel in Aviation Road Number 6, within the Ministry of Mines and Energy building, on the ground floor.
- P/bag 13297 Windhoek