The Porvoo Museum collection of Finnish invertebrates contains both taxidermied specimens as well as specimens preserved for science.

The largest and most beautiful part of the collection is the so-called doubles collection by K. E. Kivirikko, which includes birds and mammals. Professor Kivirikko is a widely known researcher and the author of several scientific books, but also a skilled taxidermist. His actual collection is in the Finnish Museum of Natural History in Helsinki. He built the collection in 1880–1940.

Another valuable part of the vertebrate collection are the birds’ eggs. The museum collection contains 1000 eggs from 500 nests. The eggs are primarily collected before the 1900s, which is due to the fact that the Porvoo Museum collections accumulate through donations. As early as 1923 the first bird species, including their nests and eggs, were protected in Finland’s first nature protection law. As a result collecting eggs was no longer allowed for private individuals and nowadays collecting the eggs of wild birds is strictly forbidden!

Of course the Porvoo Museum collections include even other kinds of specimens of vertebrates: bones, skins and wet specimens.

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The Porvoo Museum natural history collection includes several herbaria. The vast majority of the plant specimens are preserved pressed and attached onto pages.



Mushrooms and lichen are neither plants nor animals. They aren’t difficult to preserve. They aren’t pressed; instead they are dried.



Within the Porvoo Museum natural history collection, the largest percentage of the specimens are insects. And similarly the largest percentage of the insect collection is butterflies.


Geological Collection

The geological collections contain minerals and different types of rock from all around Finland. The specimens from abroad contain both cut and uncut semi-precious stones, as well as fossils.