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Friday, April 21, 2017

2017 Arts and Archives Tour: Natural History Museums' Botanical Museum

The entry hall of the temporary location was lined with botanical paintings with unknown origin. These were painted on the earlier part of 1900's 
3rd Day of the 2017 Arts and Archives Tour was reserved for the botanical collections of the Natural History Museum of Denmark. The herbarium is temporarily placed in Brøndby outside Copenhagen while a new museum building is completed in the center of Copenhagen. The contraction of the new national museum of natural history is expected to be finished in 2022.

The Herbarium C now located in Brøndby consists of 2.8 million specimens in 7 different herbaria with 20000 type specimens and 11300 genera.

After arriving Brøndby we first heard a presentation of the collection based research by Nina Rønsted, who is the curator of the botanical collections including their work on the medicinal plants.

Olof Ryding who manages the herbarium collections sowed us around the current herbarium collections and finally we compared the illustrations in Flora Danica with the herbarium specimens that were used for the description process.

Today was a rainy day and after the trip to Brøndby we took the water buss and did sightseeing along the harbor and said Hi to the Little Mermaid.
The Little Mermaid by Edward Eriksen (1876-1959) after Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tail by the same name.

More pictures from our rainy day, please click here

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