Economic Botany Collection, including the Kew Museums
Economic Botany Collection
Royal Botanic Gardens
Kew, Richmond, Surrey
Email or post ensures a prompt reply - we aim for within 5 working days.
History of Kew
Contact Kew’s Archives; consider copying your email or letter to us if the subject falls within our research interests.
Uses of plants (non-historical)
Please make use of the Economic Botany Enquiries service.
General enquiries about Kew or plants
Please see Kew’s Contacts page.
The Economic Botany Collection is located the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew which situated on the south bank of the River Thames near Richmond, about 10 km south-west of London. We encourage you to visit Kew Gardens via public transport for environmental reasons, and because it is usually more convenient as we have limited parking.
The ground floor of Museum No. 1 is open to the public and showcases 500 specimens from the Economic Botany Collection in the Plants+People exhibition. The exhibition highlights the variety of useful plants around the world and celebrates people's ingenuity and craft skills in using these riches.
Although much of the Collection is in storage it is available to researchers, both through pre-arranged visits and remotely, by email and digital photograph. Please visit the Research section of our site and then write to us by post or email to arrange a visit.