Join our expert staff for a tour of the Linnean Society of London, the world’s oldest learned society devoted to biology and natural history, and the birthplace of the theory of evolution. As you explore the Society’s magnificent premises at Burlington House in the heart of Mayfair, you will learn about the history of this remarkable institution and the countless treasures it holds.

The tour will include a visit to the Society’s bombproof collections store, where the priceless book, archive and biological specimen collections of the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus are housed in environmentally-controlled conditions beneath the teeming shoppers of Piccadilly.

One of the most important venues in the history of science, a tour of the Linnean Society offers a glimpse of one of London’s true treasures.

  • Our tours last approximately 90 minutes. A shorter tour can be arranged on request.
  • Due to the sensitive nature of our collections, we can only offer collections tours to attendees aged 16 and over.
  • There is a charge for most of our tours (see Tour Fees section below).
  • All tours are subject to staff availability and change.

For Individuals

For individuals, our monthly Treasures Tours take place in the first week of each month (please see our Upcoming Events pages for details and booking).

For Groups

  • Group tours can be arranged Monday to Friday, 10.00-17.00 (excluding Bank Holidays and the period between Christmas and New Year).
  • The minimum number of attendees for a tour is 6 people.
  • The usual maximum number of attendees for our tours is 24 people. It may be possible to accommodate groups larger than this with advance notice. Please complete the Tour Enquiry Form below, and a member of staff will be in touch to discuss your requirements. Please note that any groups with more than 12 attendees will be separated into two cohorts on the day of your visit.
  • For student groups of over 12 people please make sure that you include the requisite number of staff (at least two) in your party.

Bespoke Tours for Special Interest Groups

It may be possible to tailor the content of the tour for special interest groups, with advance notice. Depending on the amount of preparation required, this may incur an additional research fee on top of the charges set out below. Please contact staff in advance if you would like to arrange a bespoke tour.

Tour Fees

Individual (Treasures Tour)£15 per person, or £12 concession (see note*)
Groups (min 6 people, max 24 people)£15 per person, or £12 concession
Tours for educational organisationsFree (with discretionary donation)
Bespoke ToursFees as above, with an additional £25 research fee per hour of preparation required

* We are pleased to offer a concessionary rate on the cost of our tours to Linnean Society members, and those less able to pay. Specifically, we offer a 20% discount if you are:

- A Fellow, Associate Member or Student Member of the Linnean Society of London;
- 65 years of age, or over;
- Currently in receipt of UK government benefit (including, but not limited to, Income Based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit, and Universal Credit);
- Currently in full-time education.

** all fees quoted are inclusive of VAT.

*** ad-hoc tours such as may be offered from time to time for visiting dignitaries, donors, etc. are not included in the fee structure. An exclusive, complimentary collections tour is a benefit of AdoptLINN support above a certain threshold (£400).

Tour Enquiry Form