Historical botanical collections


The Historical Collections Room houses some of the Museum's most precious items, including many botanical specimens collected over 300 years ago.

The Museum's algae, fungi and plant collections span several centuries, covering a period of unprecedented exploration and investigation into natural history.

Some of the most precious items are housed in the Historical Collections Room - a high security, climate-controlled special collections area.

Major collections

Looking for a specific specimen?

The historical collections are available in the Data Portal


Dr Fred Rumsey

Any questions?

If you would like to use any specimens for research, please get in touch

Accessing the collections

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

Collections management

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