Botany The botanical collections of the Auckland Museum Herbarium were first established in 1870, about 18 years after the Museum was founded. The Herbarium provides the basic means by which the Museum's Botany Department can carry out the collection and preservation of botanical materials. It also provides educational services (through public enquiries, individual and group visits, outreach programmes, and the display of plant material), and research and publication on various aspects of the New Zealand flora. Exhibit locations Objects and specimans from the botany collection can be seen in the following galleries: Land Gallery Origins Gallery Natural History Information Centre Important botany collectionsThe Herbarium contains a number of Collections from significant botanists including Auckland Museum Curator, Thomas Cheeseman and Captain James Cooks botanists.Read more Cataloguing our collectionsIn 1989, computerised herbarium management enabled the electronic storage of information regarding individual species and specimens. All new accessions since 1989, have been recorded electronically. Read more Search the botany databaseRecords in this part of the database are currently restricted to the primary type specimens of the New Zealand vascular plants (ferns, confers and flowering plants). Species are listed here under their currently accepted names.Read more Search the New Zealand Virtual HerbariumThe New Zealand National Herbarium Network provides internet access to over 700,000 records held by 11 NZ herbaria from Auckland to Dunedin which includes mosses, lichens, liverworts, ferns, algae and seed plants. This includes all the NZ Collections held in the Auckland Museum Herbarium.Read more Botany staff and contact informationInformation about the staff and their research in the Museum's Botany Department.Read more Scope of the collections The Herbarium contains comprehensive collections of all plant groups (except fungi) found naturally in New Zealand, with emphasis on the northern half of the North Island and its offshore islands. Islands with strong representation include: the Kermadecs, Three Kings, Motuopao, Moturoas, Stephenson, Cavallis, Bay of Islands, Rimariki, Poor Knights, Hen and Chickens, Mokohinaus, Little Barrier, Great Barrier, inner Hauraki Gulf, Coromandel, Cuvier, Mercury, Aldermen, Shoe, Slipper, Mayor, Rurima, Whale, Kapiti, and Chetwodes. The New Zealand collection includes both native and naturalised species, cultivated material, and a range of timber samples. A sizeable overseas collection, obtained by long-standing exchange with herbaria around the world is also held. The donated herbaria of LEV and AKU have been incorporated. The Herbarium is based on the Collections of Thomas F. Cheeseman made between 1870 and 1920 (and is occasionally termed the Cheeseman Herbarium). It contains many historical specimens and numerous types.