Visits to the Herbarium

Permits and authorisations

  • To consult the herbarium it will be necessary to present a duly completed visitor's card for the centre. This must clearly show that a curator's authorisation has been obtained. Visitors' cards may be applied for in reception. The card must state the purpose of the visit.
  • All visitors are asked to sign the visitors' book. This will be offered to them by the herbarium staff. The entry in the visitors' book will include the user's details, the date and the materials consulted.
  • For visits lasting more than three days, or when special services are used (microscopy, photography, very extensive consultation, computer printouts, etc.) it is advisable to give at least a week's advance notice.
  • Any specimens brought in for study in the herbarium must be frozen for 48 hours on site at the RJB to avoid infections. It will be necessary to contact a curator in advance, for this purpose.
  • For the same reason, no sheets may be removed from the herbarium.

Opening hours and General Rules

  • The Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid's Herbarium is open to the public Monday to Friday, except public holidays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., twelve months a year. Outside these hours work can only be done with the express permission of a curator.
  • No smoking, drinking or eating is allowed on the herbarium's premises.

Rules for the use of the herbarium

  • The sheets in the general herbarium are available for open access, and may be taken off of the shelves. However, they should be returned to the herbarium staff rather than put back on the shelves.
  • In the case of the historical herbarium and separate collections it will be necessary to ask for assistance from herbarium staff in order to consult the specimens.
  • Under no circumstances may sheets be moved from one folder to another. A member of herbarium staff should be notified if any anomalies are noticed.
  • Specialists are kindly asked to identify the sheets studied using revision labels. Please write the taxon name, the researcher's name, date and the institution of origin on the label clearly using permanent ink. Sheets reviewed in this way are to be handed to the person in charge.
  • If the sheet includes a mixture of materials, write a number or letter at the foot of each specimen, and the same number or letter on the relevant revision label so as to enable unambiguous identification.
  • Do not detach any specimens or fragments from the sheet. Making marks or writing notes on the sheets or on the labels on them is also strictly prohibited.
  • Dissection of specimens in the general herbarium is only permitted when it is essential for their identification and prior authorisation must be obtained. All dissected fragments, including micro-preparations, are to be placed in the envelope that is stuck to the sheet. Dissection is prohibited in the case of sheets containing historical specimens or with only a single type specimen.
  • Taking samples for palynology, anatomy, DNA, phytochemical analyses, etc. or any other material implying the total or partial destruction of the herbarium specimens is not permitted without the written authorisation of a curator. If these destructive tests are authorised the results should be attached to the sheet. (See the Rules on destructive sampling).
  • We would be grateful if you would send us a copy of any publications based on material in the MA herbarium.

Destructive sampling of specimens
The Real Jardín Botánico-CSIC's collections are kept with a view to enabling their use in scientific research in way that is compatible with their conservation. Therefore, while it is our intention to facilitate their use in research to the fullest possible extent, decisions regarding destructive sampling of specimens will be made on a case by case basis.
No material may be separated from the original specimen without the prior written consent of the curator responsible for the collection. This written permission, which must also be signed by the researcher making the application, entails a series of obligations upon the researcher (See General rules for destructive sampling for more information).

Photographs of herbarium specimens
Photographs may be made of specimens without charge if they are for academic or scientific purposes, provided the curator's permission is obtained beforehand. Permission will also be required to publish these photos. If permission is granted, the origin of the photographed material must always be cited thus: Herbario del Real jardín Botánico (MA).

El RJB no presta habitualmente material tipo, material histórico o cualquier otro material delicado, aunque sí envía fotografías de los pliegos de esta naturaleza.
Para solicitar el préstamo de algún especimen para su posterior estudio consulte el apartado Préstamos de ejemplares

Cómo contactar
The RJB does not normally lend type specimens, historical materials or any delicate material, although it does send photographs of sheets of this kind.
To request the loan of a specimen for study see the Loan of specimens section.

Charo Noya Santos

Jefa de la Unidad Técnica de Herbario y Coordinadora de Fanerogamia


Real Jardín Botánico-CSIC / Pza. de Murillo, 2 / E28014 Madrid / España
tel: +34-91 420 3017 x 205 / fax: +34-91 420 0157

On arrival
The Real Jardín Botánico Herbarium is located in the research building. The entrance is on Calle de Claudio Moyano 1, near the corner with Calle Alfonso XII.
At the entrance to the premises visitors need to identify themselves and inform security personnel as to the purpose of their visit. The security personnel will guide the visitor to reception, where their arrival will be announced.
The opening hours of the Real Jardín Botánico's Library are different from those of the Herbarium. The library is open from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, except August, when it is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Real Jardín Botánico's research building does not have a cafeteria, but there is a dining room where food brought in from outside may be consumed. It also has vending machines selling snacks and hot and cold drinks.
The Real Jardín Botánico is situated in an area with a wide variety of restaurants and bars, suiting all tastes and budgets.

Real Jardín Botánico
Real Jardín Botánico, CSIC. Plaza de Murillo, 2. Madrid E-28014 (ESPAÑA). Tel. +34 91 4203017. FAX: +34 91 4200157
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