Discover the fossil and mineral collections of Tyne & Wear Museums.

Welcome to Geofinder, a website that gives you access to a huge database of rocks, fossils and minerals held at the Hancock Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Sunderland. These collections form part of the nationally recognized (Designated) Natural Science Collections managed by Tyne & Wear Museums on behalf of the Tyne and Wear Joint Museums Committee and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Geofinder was the result of a project funded through the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) Designation Challenge Fund, to make our collection databases more accessible to the general public, students and researchers. The project was also made possible through additional funding received from the North East Regional Museums Hub and the Tyne & Wear Museums Business Partners. To all of these organisations, we are extremely grateful.