Back-of-House Botany Tour (iii)

Thursday 13 February 2014, 2pm - 3pm


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Back by popular demand, we are pleased to offer members a third back of house tour of the Botany Collection.

Rhabdothamnus solandri Cunningham, 1895, United Kingdom. Parkinson, Sydney. Purchased 1895. Te Papa

Rhabdothamnus solandri Cunningham, 1895, United Kingdom. Parkinson, Sydney. Purchased 1895. Te Papa

See plant specimens collected during Cook’s first voyage, engravings from Joseph Banks’ Florilegium, and other treasures from Te Papa’s Botany Collection with Curator Leon Perrie.

The Botany Collection comprises some 280,000 dried plant specimens, with about 2,000 added annually. It includes specimens of some of New Zealand’s rarest species, specimens associated with the second Māori king, Tāwhiao, and specimens collected by Banks and Daniel Solander during Cook’s first Pacific expedition.On this back-of-house tour, Leon introduces you to the collection, and discusses some of the Botany Team’s current research.

Numbers limited – registration required. To book your place, send us an email using the ‘Book now’ button, or phone the office on (04) 381-7051.

Feature Image:  Detail from Rhabdothamnus solandri. Close-up of an engraving prepared from a drawing made by Sydney Parkinson during Captain Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific. Purchased 1895. Te Papa