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.
- Collection access is provided based on the experience of the visitor in accordance with our Collection Use Protocols.
- Visitors wishing to use a collection are requested to contact a designated staff member of the appropriate collection in order to arrange a visit. This will allow us to schedule the visit, have staff available to assist, and make sure the collection will be available for use so that the goals of the visitor may be accomplished. Contact information is available on each of the collection pages.
- The Herbarium Library is available for reference consultation by everyone during normal office hours, subject to staff availability. An appointment is not necessary, but phoning ahead (352-273-1990) to make sure we are open is advisable. Library materials are available for in-house reference use only; they are not checked out. Photocopying services are available on a cash reimbursement basis.
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.
- Please be aware that the Florida Museum's public exhibits building is located at Powell Hall, ca. 1 mile away from Dickinson Hall. Highway directional signs will direct you to Powell Hall and should not be followed. Google and Apple Maps may not provide the correct directions to our building.
Parking permits are required* to park on UF campus. There are four options:
- The Florida Museum of Natural History will provide one day permits at no charge for research visitors. We must be contacted in advance to secure those permits. The permit provides details on where you may park.
- Daily pay parking is available at the UF Bookstore and Visitor Welcome Center. This facility is only about one block west of the Museum's research and collections building, Dickinson Hall. Details are provided on the UF Visitors Web page. This facility fills up quickly, so you will need to arrive early.
- Campus parking permits are also available from UF Transportation and Parking Services located at 1273 Gale Lemerand Drive,(352) 392-PARK (7275). The parking fee is $5 per day. The Museum will need to send a letter of introduction for visits that are longer than a few days.
- If you are staying off campus consider the Gainesville Regional Transit System. Their Web site provides routes and schedules. The Gator Locator provides real-time tracking of bus locations.
*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.
ARRIVAL AND CHECK-IN
- Visitors to The Florida Museum's Dickinson Hall facility are required to first check in at the reception desk in the lobby. A temporary visitor badge will be issued by the lobby receptionist. This badge should be returned at the conclusion of the visit. The front desk will contact a herbarium staff member to greet you.
- Visitors will be escorted to the herbarium front office, 379 Dickinson Hall, where they should sign our herbarium guest register.
- Please secure backpacks in the lockers provided in the herbarium front office, or, by arrangement, in a staff member's office.
INCOMING SPECIMEN PEST CONTROL POLICY
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.
INTERNET ACCESS AND COMPUTING FACILITIES
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.