Florida Museum of Natural History

University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS)

Visitor Guide

The University of Florida Herbarium welcomes visitors with a legitimate research interest. The herbarium holds a vast storehouse of information, including museum specimens of historic importance dating back into the mid-1800's and a comprehensive library of literature related to plant systematics. The specimens are fragile and are organized in a specialized system. Our goal is to balance the use of the collection with its preservation.



We are typically open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5 pm, except for holidays and subject to staff availability. Visitors must make an appointment with the Collection Manager to arrange for consultation of specimens.


For inquiries and official correspondence, contact:

Kent D. Perkins, Manager of the Collection, at:

University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS)
Florida Museum of Natural History
379 Dickinson Hall
PO Box 110575
Gainesville, FL 32611-0575    USA

Telephone:        (352) 273-1990
EMail:            herb@[no spam]flmnh.ufl.edu

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The University of Florida Herbarium (FLAS), except for the Fungal Collection, is located at 379 Dickinson Hall in the Florida Museum on the UF campus. Dickinson Hall is located at the southwest corner of Museum Road and Newell Dr. The Florida Museum's Visiting Dickinson Hall page provides our address and directions. The on line UF campus map may help you locate Dickinson Hall on the University of Florida campus.


Parking permits are required* to park on UF campus. There are four options:

*Vehicles with official state of Florida license tags are not required to have a parking permit. You may park these vehicles in the unmarked spaces in orange areas near to Dickinson Hall. These include the parking garage at the NE corner of Newell Dr. and Museum Rd., and the unmarked spaces to the west of Dickinson Hall.



All specimens arriving to the herbarium must be decontaminated to reduce the possibility of introducing insect pests. Typically, incoming material is frozen for 7-14 days and then stored in insect-proof herbarium cabinets. Alternatively, material may be fumigated at the University of Florida Pest Control facility (this usually takes only a day or two). Contact the herbarium staff to make arrangements. Please note, if you plan to be here for only a few days, then you must mail your specimens to be frozen in advance of your visit.


UF provides guest wireless access. Staff logins are required to utilize museum computers connected to the internet via ethernet. Staff are not permitted to let others use their account.