Niigata University Asahimachi tenjikan


【Ended】Living Seeds from Botanical Specimens

February 10, 2024 – March 24, 2024

The herbaria of museums and research institutes have amassed a vast collection of botanical specimens dating from over 100 years ago to the present day. These include plants that are currently threatened with extinction. Many of these specimens also contain seeds, and it has been discovered that some of these seeds remain viable in a dormant state. By collecting and sowing these seeds, it may be possible to revive plants that have become extinct in certain regions or to restore the genetic diversity of wild populations.

Botanical specimens, although dried, dead and in a different state from when they grew in the wild, also have aspects of living biological material. In this special exhibition, we aim to showcase the germination potential and scientific value of seeds and spores preserved in botanical specimens.

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February 10, 2024 – March 24, 2024


Niigata University Asahimachi Museum
(2-746 Asahimachi-dori, Chuou-ku, Niigata 951-8122)

Opening Hours

10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 – 4:30 pm

* Closed at 12:00 – 1:00 pm


Mondays and Tuesdays


Organized by : Niigata University Asahimachi Museum / The Niigata University Herbarium

Co-organized by : Faculty of Education, Niigata University / The Hokkaido University Museum / Tohoku University Botanical Gardens

Related Event

Gallery Talk

A faculty member of planning this exhibition will explain the seeds of plant specimens and our efforts to conserve organisms using seeds, showing slides and actual specimen materials. How to make and preserve plant specimens will also be presented.

Date and Time

February 24, 2024, 2:00 – 3:00 pm


Niigata University Asahimachi Museum
(2-746 Asahimachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Niigata 951-8122)


SHIGA Takashi (Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Niigata University)


Limited to 20

How to Participate

Registration has been closed as we have reached capacity.

Registration required. *Application deadline: February 23, 2024 by 12:00 p.m.


Phone: 025-227-2260 (Niigata University Asahimachi Museum)

Participation Fee


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