The Compton Herbarium is not open to the public. Access for bona fide researchers is by prior appointment with the Curator only.


08h00 -16h30, Monday-Friday, but closed on public holidays.

How to find us

The Herbarium is located in the Kirstenbosch Research Centre (KRC) on the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden estate, off Rhodes Drive, 800 m to the right of the Main Gates to the Gardens. The Herbarium reception is located along the north-western corner of the east wing of the KRC building.


The Compton Herbarium participates in a loan programme with herbaria listed in Index Herbariorum. Specimens are loaned for the purpose of taxonomic research. Those wishing to loan specimens from the Compton Herbarium must abide by the herbarium’s Loan Conditions.

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