The Hall of Ancient Egypt is temporarily closed.

Ausrox Gold Nugget

This exhibition is free with the purchase of a permanent exhibit hall ticket.
Group Rates Corporations and Groups get discounted admission. Learn More
Book Your Party Give your child an unforgettable birthday party. Learn More
Become A Member Members get 10-20% Museum store, discounted admission + more. Learn More

The elemental beauty of gold has inspired mankind for centuries. Over time, this gleaming yellow metal has been used for purposes both practical – with applications ranging from hard currency to stunning jewelry – and fantastic: gold has been credited with causing levitation and curing bubonic plague.

One of the most famous gold nuggets ever found is at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

The newly discovered Ausrox Gold Nugget, a true rock star in the gem and mineral world, is inside the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals permanent exhibition.

Tipping the scales at about 748 troy ounces, or 62.33 troy pounds, (1 troy pound equals 12 ounces), the Ausrox Nugget is one of the world’s largest. Incredibly, this treasure was discovered by three miners using a hand-held metal detector.

The Discovery
The Ausrox Nugget was discovered in the Eastern Goldfields of Australia in April 2010. While the bullion value of the nugget is already substantial, the size and rarity of the Ausrox Nugget combine to make it worth many times this amount in the collector market.

“This enormous nugget was found by three prospectors working with a metal detector. Not a corporate mining operation with tons of equipment – three guys, out in the wilderness,” said Joel A. Bartsch, president of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. “Far beyond its value in gold bullion, and its rarity as a natural gold nugget, this is a piece that inspires both awe and a measure of gold fever in everyone who sees it – it makes you want to grab a metal detector and start looking for a treasure of your own – and you never know what you might find.”

Located Here
HMNS at Hermann Park

5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston,Texas 77030
(713) 639-4629

Get Directions Offering varies by location

Stay in the know. Join our mailing list.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that receives no federal or state funding. Tax ID # 74-1036131.