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Welcome to the RBINS Collections

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The size of our collections is estimated at 37 million specimens. That collection makes us one of the ten most important natural history collections in the world, as well as the largest in Europe after Paris and London. These collections, which are the result of many decades of exploration and research, help us to better understand the history of life on Earth and biodiversity, and to come up with better ways of protecting the environment.

The specimens collections can be roughly divided up into six categories: entomology, recent invertebrates, recent vertebrates, anthropology, palaeontology and geology. RBINS has also a large specialized library and publishes scientific publications which are for many available in Open Access.
Click on the pictures below for a more detailed overview.











Anthropology and Prehistory












RBINS Open Access Publications













Patrick Semal
(Head conservator)
+32 (0)2 627 43 80