Tentoonstelling Special Collections


Special Collections of Wageningen University & Research - Library organises exhibitions on the edge of science and heritage, on site and online.

Exhibitions@WUR Library

Go to Exhibitions@WUR Library to enjoy our latest online exhibition.

Stories Plants Tell: Flora Batava 1800-1934

This online exhibition shows the original botanical drawings of the Flora Batava that were displayed at Special Collections from 17 May until 15 October 2023. It also includes the contributions from WUR authors to the reprint edition of the Flora Batava.

Dutch Landscape Designed: 1946-1954

This online exhibition is a spinoff of the exhibition Dutch Landscape Designed: 1946-1954, that was exhibited at Special Collections-WUR Library from 3 November 2022 until 14 April 2023. From 1946 to 1976, a small group of landscape designers created more than 450 landscape plans for the Netherlands. Together, these plans cover almost 70% of the Netherlands.

Chef's Special: A Taste of the Collections

‘Chef’s Special’ is an exhibition with highlights from the specialised and beautiful collection of Wageningen University & Research – Library. In this exhibition we’ll serve you ornithology, landscape architecture, farm animals, engineering and botanical art. And there is even an apple cookie recipe from 1752!

Art on Wageningen Campus

Wageningen University & Research has always been interested in and committed to the visual arts. Many of the works relate to one or more of the domains of WUR. When Wageningen University & Research developed a campus most artworks were moved to new locations on Wageningen Campus. Enjoy the exhibition Art on Wageningen Campus.

Previous exhibitions

A list with booklets of exhibitions from the Special Collections. The collections include: The art of plant pathology (2016); Horse power (2014/15); Fascinating plants, Dutch botanical art@ WUR Library (2015). All booklets can be downloaded for free.

WUR Image Collections

A large part of the rare and old publications of Special Collections is digitally available. Several collections can be found in the WUR Image Collections. Many images are available for non-commercial use and can be downloaded for free.

Have a look at these masterpieces:

Caricatures by Louis Raemaekers

Maria Sybilla Merian, Recueil de plantes des Indes

Old maps and atlases


Hofstee's puzzle: a Socio-geographic Innovation from the 1950s

In the 1950s Professor E.W. Hofstee from the former department Sociology and Sociography developed a tool to create maps with statistical data of the Netherlands. You could consider this technique as a predecessor to today's GIS. The original puzzle frame and drawers with the puzzle pieces are still on display in the Leeuwenborch.

Maria Sibylla Merian

Maria Sibylla Merian was entomologist and botanical artist. She was the first to study South-American insects, as well as some amphibians and reptiles. Her book, published approx. 1700, became a great success. In the video curator Liesbeth Missel explains what makes this book so special and intriguing.

More videos and slideshows

Go to the Special Collections' playlist