University of Cambridge, Herbarium of the Department of Plant Sciences

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With specimens dating from 1703, the Herbarium houses an internationally famous collection of over 1 million pressed, dried and mounted plants. Specimens from around the world have been added to the collection as a result of purchases, gifts, exchanges and benefactions. The British collection is one of the finest and specimens are still being added. The Herbarium is famous for its historic collections such as the plant specimens gathered by Charles Darwin on the voyage of the ‘Beagle’, and the John Lindley Herbarium with its many new species collected on nineteenth-century expeditions to unexplored places in North America and Australia. The Herbarium also has a unique collection of taxonomic books and floras.

Venue Type:

Science centre, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

As space does not permit permanent displays, the Herbarium is not open to the public but researchers, both professional and amateur, are welcome to visit (by prior agreement) to use the collections in their taxonomic, ecological and conservation investigations.

Admission charges


Collection details

Natural Sciences

University of Cambridge, Herbarium of the Department of Plant Sciences
Sainsbury Laboratory
Cambridge University
Bateman Street




01223 333 900


01223 333 953

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