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Linnean Society Treasures Tour

December 11, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

This tour follows the luchtime lecture Butterflies and Biodiversity

It covers the history of the Society with particular emphasis on Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, as well as the collections and legacy of Carl Linnaeus. Led by the knowledgeable and dedicated Library staff, tours include visits to the Meeting Room and the grand Reading Room of the Library.

The Meeting Room: A warm welcome to the Linnean Society awaits you! Admire the President’s crocodile-skin chair, see the portraits of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace, and hear more about the Linnean Society’s past, present and future.

The Linnaean Collections: Journey underground to a bomb-proof strongroom to discover spectacular butterflies, beetles and books. Learn more about Carl Linnaeus, one of the founding fathers of modern biology, his works and his role in the History of Science.

The Library: The grand Reading Room of the Library has classical pillars soaring to the beautiful glass roof and two galleries running along the sides – it never fails to impress visitors and researchers alike. It is a working research library with outstanding historical and current holdings of books, manuscripts and artwork. A library display gives you a glimpse of some of the Linnean Society treasures.

The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society. Founded in 1788 by Sir James Edward Smith, who was its first President. The Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829. These unique collections are of continuing fundamental importance as a primary reference for taxonomy. They are enhanced by the Society’s own rich library which provides key resources for research.

Tours last approximately 1.5 hours. Please note that all tours are subject to staff availability and change.

The suggested donation for our Treasures Tour is £5 per person.

Registration for the tour is essential.

Further information and registration form on the Linnean Society website


December 11, 2019
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm


Linnean Society of London


Linnean Society of London
Burlington House
London, W1J 0BF United Kingdom
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