Appointments are required to use the Herbaria; please email to make arrangements. For the Botany Libraries, see our hours and policies, or email for assistance.

Please refer to Harvard's dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) website for campus updates & FAQs:

* Please note there are no public exhibits at the Herbaria.
For exhibits open to the public, please visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History. *

Where to Find Us

We are located at the end of Divinity Avenue off Kirkland Street in Cambridge, MA. Our address is 22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138.

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Specimen Collections

  • 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday, except for university holidays.
  • Please make arrangements with the curatorial staff prior to arrival; appointments are required. See the collections visitor policy for more information.


  • Main Reading Room: 9am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm, Monday - Friday, except for university holidays.
  • Farlow Reading Room: Materials from the Farlow may be retrieved and used in the Main Reading Room from 9:30pm - 4:30pm. 
  • Archives: By advance appointment only.


Educational tours of the Herbaria facilities may be given to small groups. To request a tour, please contact us with the following information. Requests should be submitted at least two months in advance of the proposed date.

  • Preferred date and time
  • Duration 
  • Number of attendees
  • Focus and purpose of visit
  • Interests/background knowledge/age group
  • Is handicapped access needed?
  • Is the group also planning to visit to the glass models at the Harvard Museum of Natural History?

Requests will be reviewed and responded to in a timely fashion. If the tour is approved, the applicant will be contacted to plan the details of the event.

Parking Permits

Visitors requiring parking may purchase a visitor day permit from Harvard Transportation and Parking. The closest parking lot is at 52 Oxford Street, behind HUH. Lots can fill up quickly, so try to obtain a permit as early as possible. You'll need the following information:

  • Department: OEB/MCZ/Herbaria
  • Department Code: 2017

Please note that visitors requiring accessible parking must contact University Disability Services. For more information on accessible parking, click here.