The Herbarium at Kew A hub of ground-breaking scientific discovery
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.
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.
From the Archives
Other scientific collections
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.