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Santos Museum of Economic Botany

Santos Museum of Economic Botany

Step back in time to 1881 and discover the importance of plants in our lives; past, present and future.

The last of its kind in the world the Santos Museum of Economic Botany is home to an amazing permanent collection, much of which dates back to the original museum display 130 years ago. Also on show are intriguing, beautiful and immersive touring exhibitions which are sure to inspire.

The museum showcases countless plants and their various uses with a focus on minimising waste.

The building is a treasure in itself and has been lovingly restored featuring many original details.

If you love the MEB just as much as we do, pop into North Lodge or the Goodman Building and pick yourself up a copy of the souvenir book!

“What's

Permanent collections

Fruit Model Showcase

Made in Germany these delightful papier-mâché fruit models are for more than just admiring, they were used to educate farmers on establishing crops in the 1800s.

Fungi Model Showcase

Can you spot the real fungi? Challenge yourself as you explore the collection of 210 papier-mâché models showcasing fungi in different stages of growth.

Grove

Be spellbound as you discover artist Fiona Hall’s Grove, a cabinet of curiosities that explores the relationship between nature and culture.

Exhibition Space

The present blends with the past in designer Khai Liew’s exhibition space, a distinctive installation in timber and brass.

Plant Notes

15 August - 31 October, 2021

This Guildhouse Collections Project exhibition celebrates flora and highlights human and plant relationships.


Medicinal Plant Tales

5 August - 10 October, 2021

This fascinating exhibition sees four artists come together to share their work which focuses on the medicinal and healing properties of plants and gardens.



Opening hours

Please note: the Museum is currently closed due to COVID restrictions. It will reopen on Thursday 5 August, 2021.

The Museum is open every Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm

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As part of our COVID-safe plan, you will notice some changes as part of visitation to these spaces. The number of people allowed in each venue has been restricted to allow for the government social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres. For everyone's safety, please respect the capacity limits inside each building and use the QR check in.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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