Earth Sciences Department


The Department of Earth sciences is one of the core Research Departments of the National Museums of Kenya. The department has four main Objectives, namely:

  1. Carrying out Paleontological, Archaeological, Palynological/ Palaeobotanical and geological research both field and laboratory based.
  2. Documentation, management and conservation of Palaeontological, Archaeological Palynological/ Palaeobotanical and geological collections for future reference and comparative studies
  3. Dissemination of scientific information to the scientific community and the public in general
  4. Training both local and international university students specializing in palaeontology, Archaeology, Geology, palynology/ palaeobotany and other related fields.

The Department is internationally recognized for its contribution in prehistoric studies and has one of the largest and some of the best collections found the world over.

Our Mission

We strive to unearth human ancestry in the context of geological and environment history.

Our Vision

To be a centre of excellence in earth sciences research for development.

Archaeology section

The Archaeology Section at the National Museums of Kenya is mandated with all field and laboratory archaeological research

Palaeontology Section

Palaeontology, which deals with the study of ancient life especially mammalian evolution, human evolution and Palaeoenvironmental

Palynology and Palaeobotany Section

Palynology and Palaeobotany Section is in the Department of Earth Sciences, National Museums of Kenya. The section’s main aim is to

Geology Section 

Geology is the study of the materials that compose the Earth’s crust. The staffs in the section analyze rocks, minerals, formations and other structures in order to understand how the earth has changed and evolved over time.