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  • Photo inside the Herbarium at Kew
    The Herbarium at Kew A hub of ground-breaking scientific discovery
  • Photo of fungi growing at Kew Gardens
    The world's largest fungarium The fungarium at Kew holds around 1.25 million specimens
  • DNA research Changing the way we identify plants

Kew houses the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world, including important reference collections.

Our Library, Art and Archives contain a wealth of materials that chart the history of botany, including letters, drawings and botanical art. 

Browse this section to learn more about Kew's extensive collections of plants and fungi, from herbarium specimens to DNA samples.

Herbarium

Nicholas Hind in herbarium

Herbaria are collections of dried, preserved specimens that document the identity of plants and fungi. Kew's Herbarium is one of the largest in the world, holding some seven million specimens, and plays a central role in research into plant and mycological biodiversity around the world.

About Kew's Herbarium

Herbarium Catalogue

From the Archives

Pastel portrait of Nathaniel Wallich

Nathaniel Wallich and Joseph Hooker are major figures in the history of botany and Kew holds important archives for both men.

Explore the collections and browse hundreds of their letters and drawings as well as plant specimens they collected.

The Wallich collection

The Hooker collection

 

Other scientific collections

Discover more about Kew's Fungarium, DNA Bank and MSB seed collections.

Find out about the vital materials they hold and how they are helping science and habitat conservation around the world.

About Kew's Fungarium

Search the DNA Bank

Search the Seed List

Economic Botany Collection

A valuable resource for the study of plant uses past, present and future, Kew's Economic Botany Collection includes artefacts made from plants and raw plant materials, showing how humans have made use of plants for food, medicine, utensils, and clothing.

Economic Botany database

Economic Botany collection

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