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About

This portal provides access to the specimen database of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam. The total museum collection is estimated to hold over 400,000 specimens, of which (c. 85%) are digitized at the specimen level and contained in this dataset.

The dataset

Arthropods (56%; mostly European) and molluscs (30%; worldwide recent specimens, fossil specimens from North-West Europe) make up the bulk of the collection. Chordates make up 9% of the collection and include a significant amount of fossil terrestrial and marine vertebrates from the Netherlands and the southern North Sea, while recent specimens predominantly originate from the Netherlands. Plants make up 5% of the collection and originate almost exclusively from the Netherlands. The collections of other taxonomic groups, e.g. Fungi and various marine invertebrates, are small, but do contain well documented interesting records.

The Natural History Museum Rotterdam

The Natural History Museum Rotterdam (in Dutch: ‘Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam’ or ‘Het Natuurhistorisch’) is run by a non-profit foundation and is financially supported by the Rotterdam city council. It is a medium sized museum with two departments: the museum (that runs the exhibitions, welcomes the public and maintains the collection) and the Rotterdam Urban Ecology Unit that studies the flora and fauna of the Rotterdam area and also does commercial work advising on ecological aspects of property development and urban planning. The collection forms the foundation of the Natural History Museum Rotterdam. It is used in exhibitions, museum education, research and publications. The Natural History Museum Rotterdam welcomes researchers to study its collection or use its data and has an active collection policy which results in a continuously growing collection that is available to everyone worldwide; please enquire for details.

Number of specimens in the dataset

Total specimens:

Specimens with photo(s):

Taxonomic group Number of specimens
Arthropods
Molluscs
Flowering plants
Marine mammals
Birds
Land mammals
Mosses
Crustaceans
Bony fishes
Fungi
Cartilaginous fishes
Reptiles
Liverworts
Ferns
Echinoderms
Cnidarians
Ringed worms
Amphibians
Tunicates
Clubmosses
Sponges
Gymnosperms
Lampreys
Round worms