Finnish Museum of Natural History

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Beetles in the Spotlight -photo exhibition 5.4.-31.5.


LUOMUS has more than 13 million specimens in its collections, which constitute the national collections in the natural sciences. This year is the 340th anniversary of the national collections.

Mean­ing­ful con­ser­va­tion needs tax­onomy


Species are fundamental units of life and their reliable naming and definition are critical to the scientists and managers who study and conserve biodiversity. The global taxonomic community is concerned over a proposal suggesting non-scientific governance of taxonomic changes.

Fish the primary source of nutrition in medieval Northern Ostrobothnia, a recent study reveals


Researchers investigated the diet of people buried in the Ii Hamina cemetery from the 15th to the 17th centuries by analysing isotopes in the bones of the deceased. Isotopes preserve information on the various nutrient sources used by humans during their lifetime.

Public attractions of Luomus are closed on Wed 28.2.


In case of a strike at the University of Helsinki, the Natural History Museum and the glasshouses of Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden are closed on Wednesday 28.2.2018. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Visitor record for Luomus in 2017


Last year, a total of 248,000 people of all ages visited the public attractions of the Finnish Museum of Natural History, i.e., the Natural History Museum and the two botanic gardens.

Trop­ics be­came the cen­ter of biod­iver­si­fic­a­tion 465 mil­lion years ago


The global Great Biodiversification Event took place mainly within the tropics as the seas cooled down after the hothouse of the Early Ordovician period.

We thank you for the past year and wish you...


We here at Luomus have enjoyed a busy, diverse, and successful year. We are most grateful to all our partners for fruitful collaboration and to all the more than 200,000 friends of nature who have visited the Natural History Museum and our Botanic Gardens during the year.

The like­li­hood for mixed breed­ing between two song­bird spe­cies lessens with warmer springs


Global climate warming is considered a major threat to many living organisms but not all consequences of warming need to be harmful to species.

The drying of peatlands is reducing bird diversity


A recent international study indicates that the populations of peatland birds in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia and Latvia have decreased by a third during the past three decades.

Finnish up­date adds 22 mil­lion oc­cur­rence re­cords, sur­passes pre-li­cens­ing totals


Finland becomes third-largest country publisher for 2017, returns to top ten all-time.