Welcome to the website for the Herbarium at the University of Cambridge.

Removals from the Downing Site completed, the  collections are now housed in The Herbarium, Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University, Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1LR and are available once again for research enquiries. Contact

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 HMS Beagle, and the John Lindley Herbarium with its many new species collected on nineteenth-century expeditions to unexplored places in the Americas, Asia and Australia. The Herbarium also has a unique collection of taxonomic books and floras.

The Herbarium is open to visitors and researchers BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT ONLY –   see the Visit page for details.

Header image courtesy Nigel Horner.

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