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Explore our collections

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew cares for a number of important historic and scientific collections.

Library, Art and Archives

One of the most important botanical reference sources in the world, Library, Art & Archives contains several million items, including books, botanical illustrations, photographs, letters and manuscripts, periodicals, biographies and maps.

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Botanical illustrations on show in the Library

Correspondence collections

Find out more about Kew's Joseph Hooker and Nathaniel Wallich collections. 

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Rhododendron dalhousiae (Image: copyright Yannick Fourié)

Scientific collections

With over 8.5 million items, Kew houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world. They represent over 95% of known flowering plant genera and more than 60% of known fungal genera

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Specimens in Kew's Fungarium