Museum of Economic Botany
The Museum of Economic Botany is dedicated to the collection and interpretation of ‘useful’ plants. It was established by Dr Richard Moritz Schomburgk, in 1879 and described as “the last purpose-built colonial museum in the world” and is located within the Botanic Gardens a short distance to the west on the main pathway. Built in Greek revival style and opened in May 1881, the building and its interior were extensively restored during 2008-09. Much of the collection originally on display in 1881 has been reinstated including a collection of papier mache and stucco replicas of various fruit and fungi. Displays of aboriginal artifacts, a subject neglected by the original museum, were prepared in collaboration with the South Australian Museum.
The Museum of Economic Botany is notable for the completeness of its preservation. The building, its interior decoration, showcases, collections and even many labels have survived since as early as 1865. The Museum of Economic Botany is on the Register of the National Estate, Register of State Heritage Items, Register of the City of Adelaide Heritage Items and has been classified by the National Trust of Australia.
This is a recommended attraction when visiting The Botanic Gardens