Botany collections

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The Museum's Botany collection holds an estimated six million specimens of bryophytes, ferns, seed plants and slime moulds from all over the world.

The botanical collection spans a period from the 17th century to the present and includes a number of historically important collections such as those of:

  • Sir Hans Sloane
  • Sir Joseph Banks
  • Charles Darwin

Looking for a specific specimen?

The Botany collection is being digitised

Accessing the collection

Accessing the collections

Scientists and collections management specialists can visit the collections and borrow specimens for research.

Collections managment

Our duty is to provide a safe and secure environment for all of our collections.