Largest Meteorite Collections in the World (By Distinct Falls/Finds)

The following is a list of the largest meteorite collections in the world. The first number represents the distinct number of finds & falls and the second number represents total number of specimens in the collection.  The rankings are by distinct finds & falls.  The list is by no means complete.  If you find any errors or have any updates please don't hesitate to email me at:  email

1. 9250 / 17,000 Smithsonian Institution Washington DC, USA.  No online catalog available.

2.  8900 / ? National Institute of Polar Research Tokyo, Japan.  No online catalog available.

3. 2000 / ? The Natural History Museum London, England.  Online catalog "Catalogue of Meteorites

3(tie). 2000 / 2700 The Nat'l Meteorite Collection of Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.   No online catalog available.

5. ? / 4000 NASA Johnson Space Center   Houston, Texas, USA.   Online Collection Catalog

6. ? / 1700 The Natural History Museum of Vienna Vienna, Austria.  No online catalog available.

7. 1500 / ? ASU Center for Meteorite Studies Tempe, Arizona, USA.  No online catalog available.

8. 1450 / 1250 Max Planck Institute for Chemistry   Mainz, Germany.   Online Collection Catalog

9. 1300 / ? Field Museum of Natural History Chicago, IL, USA.   Online Collection Catalog

10. 1400 / 4000 Museum of Natural History Berlin, Germany.  Computerized database available to researchers only.

11. 1179 /3192 National Museum of Natural History Paris, FranceOnline Collection Catalog

12. 1100 / 5000 American Museum of Natural History New York, New York, USA.  Online Collection Catalog

12(tie). 1100 / 2700 The Geological Survey of Canada    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.   No online catalog available.

14. 1000 / 1518 TCU/Monnig Collection Ft. Worth, Texas, USA.   Online Collection Catalog

15. 980 / 25000 Museum of Extraterrestrial Material at the Vernadsky Institute   Moscow, Russia   Online Collection Catalog

16. 750 / ? MNA-Siena Siena, Italy Online Collection Catalog

17. 650 / 1600 UCLA  Los Angeles, California, USA.  No online catalog available.

18. 600 / ? Institute of Meteoritics Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.  Online Collection Catalog

19. >500 / >1300 Hungarian Natural History Museum Hungary. Online Collection Catalog

20. 500 / ? Geological Museum U of Copenhagen  Copenhagen, Denmark.  No online catalog available.

21. 448 / 1020 Vatican Observatory Museum at Castel Gandolfon Vatican. Online Collection Catalog

22. 447 / >6500 Fersman Mineralogical Museum Russia Academy of Sciences Moscow, Russia.  Online Collection Catalog

Others with catalogs

307/ 1008 Swedish Museum of Natural History Catalog

166/ 307 Museum of Victoria

130/ 1000 University of Alberta Online Catalog

 

updated 01/30/03

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