Foundation for research
Collections such as the one held by Naturalis help scientists study, organize and understand nature worldwide. Natural history collections provide an essential infrastructure for scientific research. Biologic and geologic objects act as a crucial starting point for research that contributes to solutions for current issues such as climate change and species extinction.
Collection and preservation
The Naturalis collection is divided into categories: botany, geology, vertebrates, invertebrates, entomology, books and species catalogs. We also have an extensive library. One of our institute's core activities is digitizing the collection. By collecting and preserving objects, we have obtained one of the largest natural history collections in the world. By leading the way in collaborative projects aimed at providing digital access, we achieve a single biodiversity collection that spans the globe. In addition, we make it possible to consult the collection data for scientific research, societal purposes and public presentations.
Accessto the collection
Temporarily limited access while we are under construction
Naturalis will move into a modernized building with brand-new collection facilities in the summer of 2019. Until then, only a limited number of collections are open to visitors. However, it is possible to borrow collection objects. The library on Nieuwenhuizenweg is also open by appointment. For questions about the collection, you can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online accessto our collection en collection data
Are you a species specialist working to make taxonomic knowledge and type information available online? Please consider the software-as-a-service package Linnaeus.
As a researcher or collection manager, you can quickly browse the Naturalis digital collection.
For software developers or bio-computer scientists, we built an API to provide access the digital collection information from Naturalis.
Netherlands Biodiversity API/Data Services