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Natural Science collection

Botany

CoprosmaThe 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:

  • Cataloguing our collections

    In 1989, computerised herbarium management enabled the electronic storage of information regarding individual species and specimens. All new accessions since 1989, have been recorded electronically.

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  • Important botany collections

    The Herbarium contains a number of Collections from significant botanists including Auckland Museum Curator, Thomas Cheeseman and Captain James Cooks botanists.

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