Our library and collections are the heart of the Linnean Society. Our tours are open to any group with an interest in natural history and the history of science: academics, researchers, students, scientific illustrators, and the general public.

Covid update: We are pleased to resume tours of our building, albeit in a slightly amended form to protect our staff and visitors. We are delighted to be reopening the Collections Store, which holds the collections of Carl Linnaeus, to up to 12 visitors at a time; however, as it is a confined and under-ventilated space, all visitors should wear a mask (unless exempt) while in the Collections Store.

  • Group tours can be arranged Monday to Friday, 10.00-17.00 (excluding Bank Holidays and the period between Christmas and New Year).
  • Tours last approximately 1.5 hours. Please note that all tours are subject to staff availability and change.
  • Due to the nature of our collections and the size of our Collections Store, we can only offer tours to groups aged 16 and up.
  • For larger groups please find a registration form below. Please be sure to contact us as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment. Please note that any groups over 12 will be separated into two groups on the day of your visit. The current restrictions on the Collections Store will impact the type of visit we can offer (see fees below).
  • For student groups of over 12 people please make sure that you include the requisite number of staff (at least two) in your party.
Individual (Treasures Tour)£12
Groups (up to 12 people)£12/person (individual rate)
Groups (13-24 people)£150 (flat rate)
Large Groups (25-40 people)£150 (flat rate) but visit will exclude the Collections Store
Tours for educational organisationsFree, with discretionary donation
Online collections tour£6 per person

* 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