Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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Academic Collections And Museums

This website is administrated by:

Zentrale Kustodie
phone: 0345 5521733

Universitätsplatz 11 (Löwengebäude)
06108 Halle

For questions about individual collections / museums, please consult the contact on the respective page.


teaser: Herbarium

The herbarium of the Martin Luther University was founded in 1812 through the purchase of the collections of the famous botanist C. Schkuhr by the Wittenberg University. D.F.L. v. Schlechtendal was Professor of Botany and Director of the Botanical Garden at Halle (Saale) between 1833 and 1866. His influence on the development of our herbarium was enormously important. In 1866, after his death, his herbarium encompassed an arranged part of about 70.000 specimens and numerous additional non-arranged collections. One year later, his herbarium was purchased through the University Halle, and represents the historic nucleus of the herbarium of Halle University. HAL currently comprises about 500.000 specimens of higher and lower plants as well as fungi from all parts of the world, with a special focus on Europe, Australia, South Africa and Central to South America, including about 14.000 type collections. HAL is composed of a general herbarium of higher plants (worldwide), a local herbarium (Hercynian area), some separate special collections (e.g. plants of Mongolia) and various collections of cryptogamic plants (algae and mosses), fungi and lichens. Loan requests have to be sent to the curator of the herbarium (only possible for institutions, e.g. herbaria, institutes, museums). Scans of particular specimens can be prepared and sent on request. Scans and corresponding data of type collections are available via our herbarium database: (select HAL under “Institutions”). Data referring to Mongolian collections are available via “FloraGREIF, the Virtual Guide to the Flora of Mongolia”:


Prof. Dr. Uwe Braun (Herbarkustos) /
Denise Marx (Präparatorin)
Institut für Biologie
Bereich Geobotanik und Botanischer Garten
Neuwerk 21
06099 Halle (Saale)
Telefon: + 49 (0) 345 - 55 26214