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Botanical Collection

Exponate of the Botanical Collection

Botanical Curiosities from Around the World

The collection of the former Botanical Museum was founded by Hans Schinz in 1895. It comprises around 25,000 objects of scholarly, biocultural, and historical importance. The botanical curiosities have their origin in research expeditions that were led on every continent and reveal fascinating secrets about botanical history and the many complex relations between plants and human beings. There are fossils from the Miocene epoch, plant remains from pile dwellings (“Pfahlbausiedlungen”), grave decorations from Ancient Egypt, indigenous and exotic wood, fruits, seeds, and flowers, over-sized models of flowers, and dioramas.

Exhibits in the Natural History Museum

From 2025, selected objects from the botanical collection will be on display in the permanent exhibition and in special exhibitions at the new Natural History Museum.
Natural History Museum Website

Opening Hours

Visitors to the collection are welcome by prior arrangement.
Dr. habil. Alexander Kocyan, Curator
Phone +41 44 634 83 75


University of Zurich
Botanical Collection of the Natural History Museum
Sammlungszentrum UZH
Furtbachstrasse 22
8107 Buchs, ZH
Phone +41 44 635 49 54

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