Our botanical collections cover the variety and wonder of the plant and fungi kingdoms.

The Brighton botanical collections include specimens of plants from around the world and from close to home. The museum is the repository for the collections of some of the botanists working in Sussex. These show the changing species found in the region through the decades.

The worldwide collections include specimens of historic interest such as the Arctic plants collected by the assistant surgeon during the voyage of HMS Hecla and HMS Fury through the North West Passage in the early 19th Century. They also include the plant collections of Sir Alexander Crichton, chief physician to the Russian Tsar, during the Napoleonic Wars.

There are also large collections of cryptobotany such as algae, collected by Mary Merrifield and Leopold Grey, and fungi collections (once considered botany but now a separate kingdom).