Quality and diversity of collections

The natural science collections include around 310,000 specimens. Most of the items are from Finland.

The largest collections:

200,000 insects (especially butterflies and beetles)
68,000 vascular plants
13,000 mosses
13,000 fungi

The museum also has smaller collections of mounted mammals and birds, skeletons, skins, geological samples and fossils.
Some of the collection data are accessible through open databases by limiting the search to the materials of the University of Jyväskylä.


The museum staff does not actively collect samples. The collections grow especially through the donations of researchers and enthusiasts. 

Natural science collections include around 310,000 specimens

Animals big and small: butterflies and beetles, birds and mammals. Plenty of mosses and fungi.