The Botanical Museum was founded by Hans Schinz in 1895. Since 2015, the Museum has been part of the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. The Museum’s teaching and research collections are of scholarly, biocultural, and historical importance and are regularly showcased in temporary exhibitions.
20,000 to 25,000 botanical curiosities, often illustrated with rich photographic images, have their origin in research expeditions that were led on every continent. 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 – all of which reveal fascinating secrets about botanical history and the many complex relations between plants and human beings.