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The foundation of the Natural History Museum's activities lies in our collections, the result of nearly 300 years of research expeditions and collection efforts, housing around 11 million items of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, and tissue samples today.

The collections consist of items preserved in various ways, logically organized and arranged systematically. All collections are closely linked to the work conducted by our research units.

About our scientific collections

The foundation of the Swedish Museum of Natural History lies in our collections. As a consequence of nearly 300 years of...


Here you will find contact details and information on how to borrow items from the museum's collections.

Botanical collections - plants and fungi

The herbarium at the Swedish Museum of Natural History (S) contains one of the world's largest collections with some 4.4...

Geological collections - minerals

The collections of minerals, rocks, and meteorites are the result of nearly three hundred years of collecting, and today...

Palaeontological collections – fossils

The Department of Palaeobiology houses around two million fossil specimens which are used for research at the department...

Zoology collections - animals

The Natural History Museum's zoological collections are essential for research in taxonomy, systematics, and biogeograph...

The wet collection

Wet-preserved collection objects are kept in the wet collection facility of the Swedish Museum of Natural History and in...

The Environmental Specimen Bank (ESB)

The Environmental Specimen Bank (ESB) is an essential part of Environmental Monitoring of the Swedish fauna.