Our collections that we use for scientific research have been built up over several centuries. The colonial past and the redressing of injustice should receive the attention they deserve. It is therefore a good thing that research is carried out into the provenance of Dutch museum objects that are of cultural, historical or religious importance for their country of origin.
Newsfrom the collection
Work never stops in our collection. Preparing new animals, scrubbing meteorites and cleaning whale skeletons is just a tiny part of that work.
Do you have a collection or a special item at home and would you like to donate it to Naturalis?
Of course we like that! Unfortunately not all objects are suitable for inclusion in our collection. Naturalis selects on the scientific and aesthetic value of the objects. We only include objects with sufficiently accurate data or that are suitable for use in the exhibition. It is also important that the objects are provided with the correct exemptions. Contact email@example.com for more information.
The Naturalis collection is one of the largest naturalis history collections on the planet. Maintaining it, and making it accessible, is a huge undertaking.
Online accessto our collection and collection data
Catalogue of Life
One worldwide name list of all animals, plants and fungi that have been described by scientists.
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.
Netherlands Biodiversity API/Data Services
For software developers or bio-computer scientists, we built an API to provide access the digital collection information from Naturalis.