University of Minnesota Herbarium (MIN)

The Bell Museum was established in 1872 by the state legislature. The Herbarium started in 1889 with the purchase of John Sandberg's private collection (6000 specimens). The representation of Minnesota's flora is unparalleled and the assemblage of historic flora of the Upper Midwest is among the best in the U.S. Additionally there are excellent collections of circumboreal and arctic material and historical collections of H. Rusby and R. Squires (1895-1896, Orinoco River delta), J.W. Congdon (1894-1903, California, especially the Yosemite region); South Pacific collections of J. Tilden, A.A. Heller, and J.W. Moore; and more recent Papua New Guinea flora (G. Weiblen and students). Currently the Herbarium contains approximately 940,000 botanical and mycological specimens combined. Only the vascular plant records are being posted to this site at this time.
Contacts: Timothy J. S. Whitfeld,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 24 April 2023
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Bell Museum
University of Minnesota
140 Gortner Laboratory
1479 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota   55108-1095
Collection Statistics
  • 303,127 specimen records
  • 201,475 (66%) georeferenced
  • 219,236 (72%) with images (225,888 total images)
  • 291,643 (96%) identified to species
  • 380 families
  • 3,212 genera
  • 14,883 species
  • 17,190 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics