Hungarian Natural History Museum

Institution (Original name) 
Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum
MAIN ADDRESS
Street 
Baross u. 13
Postal code 
1088
City 
Budapest
POSTAL ADDRESS
Country 
Hungary
Phone 

(+36) 1 267-7100

Fax 
(+36) 1 317-1669
TYPE OF INSTITUTION
Type of institution 
Museum
LEGAL STATUS
Are you part of a larger entity / legal body? 
No
CETAF MEMBERSHIP
Category 
Full member
CETAF Official representative
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field 

Dr. Beáta Papp/Senior curator/Botanical Department/Bryophytes/ +36 1 210-1330, pappbea@nhmus.hu

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
CETAF DEPUTY
Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
OTHER STAFF MEMBERS WITH CONNECTIONS TO CETAF
Name, position, phone, e-mail, research field + Working Group or Project involved in 

Dr. Gábor Csorba/ Director of Research and Collection/ Mammals/(+36) 1 267-7100/ csorba@nhmus.hu/ - Member of Research Assessment Working Group

Dr. Gergely Babocsay/ Senior curator/ Mátra Museum of the Hungarian Natural History Museum/ herpetology/(+36) 37 505-530/ gergely.babocsay@gmail.com - Member of E-learning in taxonomy Working Group

Member of the Executive Committee? 
No
Director / legal representative of the institution (title, name, phone, e-mail, research field) 

Dr. Zoltán Korsós, Director General, +36 1 267-7100, korsos@nhmus.hu, Myriapods

Governing and executive bodies 

The Hungarian Natural History Museum is run and funded directly by the Ministry of Human Resources.

PERSONNEL
Scientific staff 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
a) TOTAL scientific staff538
b) Scientific staff linked to Collections538
c) Post-docs / PhD students53/00
d) Others (Associates, etc.)00
TOTAL (a+b+c+d)538
Other staff (administration etc.) 
Permanent (P)Non – Permanent (NP)
e) Exhibitions224
f) Collection managers / technicians272
g) Others 684
TOTAL (e+f+g)13210
Total permanent staff 
185
Total non-permanent staff 
18
Grand total (permanent + non-permanent Staff) 
203
Male (%) 
41
Female (%) 
58
R&D facilities
How many laboratories are in use in your institution? 
3
List of laboratories 

1. DNA lab
The lab has been equipped with instrumentsable to perform the complete workflow from DNA extraction to sequencing. Various molecular biology technics and data analyses approaches are used in the laboratory.
Users: internal and external researchers working in the fields of taxonomy, systematics, animal and plant ecology, biological conservation.

2. SEM
Users:  taxonomy and systematics (both botany and zoology), paleontology, anatomy, archaeobotany
from 2004 more than 34,000 pictures were taken

3. Face reconstruction lab
method: sculpting method;
reconstruction cases: mainly historic anthropological, less forensic cases;
research: morphometry for skull to face correlation;
facilities: sculpting accessories, 3D database for skull and face morphometrics
Users: forensic science, cultural and physical anthropology, archaeology

List of key tools (e.g. SEM, 3D, scanners/printers,...) 

Key tools:

  • DNA lab: Sample storage, cooling and heating 2 incubators (thermostats), sample mixer, freezers (3x -80 °C, 2x -20 °C)
  • Workstations: 3 laminar flow clean benches 2 fume hoods
  • Sterility: autoclave, Purelab ultra water clean system, climate system (for sterilized, positively pressurized air, included UV lamps)
  • DNA analysis: Nanodrop spectrophotometer, GeneAmp thermal cycler, Techne PrimeG thermal cycler, gel running and documentation system
  • Others: 3 centrifuges, vortex, analytical balances 2. SEM (Hitachi S-2600N scanning electron microscope, with XC7620 Mini Sputter C
Exhibitions
Number of permanent exhibitions 
6
List of permanent exhibitions  
Name 
The variety of life – Exploring the natural world of Hungary
Name 
Lost Worlds – Age of Dinosaurs in Hungary
Name 
The rich diversity of coral reefs
Name 
Underground secrets – minerals, rocks, gems
Name 
Permanent exhibitons of Mátra Museum
Name 
Permanent exhibitons of Bakony Museum
Number of recent exhibitions 
12
Recent Temporary Exhibitions (< 2 years) 
Name 
SAUBERMACHER - Nature photographer of the year 2016
Name 
Legacy of Lajos Haynald (botanical exhibition)
Name 
Species of the year
Name 
Telltale Bones
Name 
Sensory organs and Sension
Name 
Exhibition in Memory of Zoltán Kaszab
Name 
Wildlife: Photographer of the Year (2016)
Name 
Enchanting Hungary (photo exhibition) - yearly
Name 
50 Years behind 50 images – Evolutionary Comics on Animal Life (from 23 September 2015 to 23 October 2015)
Name 
Fragile Nature – Treasures of Herend (2015)
Name 
The Secrets of Leaves – The Role of Light in Nature (from 18 September to 16 November 2015)
Name 
NaturArt – Nature photographer of the year (from 5 November 2014 to 5 January 2015)
Name 
Birds in the town - The Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society is 40 years old in this year (from 24 September 2014 to 3 November 2014)
Name 
GDF SUEZ - NaturArt The nature photo of the year 2014 (from 5 November 2014 to 5 January 2015) : yearly
Name 
Mummies – Life beyond Death (from 1 October 2014 to 20 April 2015)
RESEARCH FIELDS
RESEARCH FIELD 
Research Field 
Biodiversity of Carpathian Basin, Balkans, East-Asia (flora and fauna)
Research Field 
taxonomy and systematics
Research Field 
Biomonitoring
Research Field 
Science history
Research Field 
Conservation biology
Research Field 
mineralogy and petrology
Research Field 
paleoecology
Research Field 
biostratigraphy
Research Field 
anthropologal paleopathology
Research Field 
post-pleistocene human population history in the Carpathians
Research Field 
paleobotany
Research Field 
paleozoology and faunagenesis
Scientific publications
Number of peer-reviewed publications per year 
170
Annual journals/series 

Annales Historico-naturales Musei Nationalis Hungarici (http://publication.nhmus.hu/annales/bannales.php)

Fragmenta Paleontolgica Hungarica (http://publication.nhmus.hu/fragpaleo/bannales.php)

Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae (http://actazool.nhmus.hu)

Folia Entomologica (http://publication.nhmus.hu/folent/bannales.php)

Folia Historico Naturalia Musei Matraensis

Folia Musei Historico Naturalis Bakonyiensis

Biannual journals/series 
Other publications 

Studia Naturalia series

Termeszettar series

other books not part of series

EARTH SCIENCES (Geology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards% recorded cards in database
1.1Palaeontology57843260741780
1.2Mineralogy35800097100
1.3Geology02800070100
1.4Anthropology032224100100
LIFE SCIENCES (Zoology, Biology, Botany, Mycology,…) 
TypologyPrimary typesIndividual specimens/objects% registered cards % recorded cards in database
2.1Botany301021934073226
2.2Mycology996106626-40
2.3Zoology83952743730815
Total specimens (all collections) 
9,922,305
Outstanding collection features 
  • most complete flora and fauna documentation of the Carpathians and the Carpathian basin
  • paleontological collection (incl. dinosaurs) of Carpathian basin
  • South and Southeast European cryptogam plant and invertebrate collections
  • East Asian invertebrates and mammals
  • worldwide dendrological collection

The botany collections contains a special collection on paleobotany consisting of 802 primary types and 39,476 individual specimens, 100% of which are registered and recorded cards in the database.

 

Does your institution have an Index Seminum? 

No

Heritage sciences (art, manuscripts, maps, photographs...) 

books / periodicals / other

148 484/ 101 707 / 148 863

Genetic Repositories
Does your institution have a DNA bank? 
Yes
Number of DNA samples 
70 000
Number of organisms / species 
700
Does your institution have a seed bank? 
Yes
Number of seed samples 
21 000
Number of organisms / species 
10 000
DNA or seed sample exchange 

yes DNA samples - Southeast Asian Bat Conservation and Reasearch Unit

COLLECTION’S RELATED INFORMATION
Number of outgoing loans (parcels / specimens) per year 
200/20000
Number of accessions (specimens) per year 
3000 accessions/150000 collection items
Number of scientific visitors per year 
500
MAIN AREAS OF TAXONOMIC EXPERTISE 
Higher plants (Europe)
Cryptogams (lichen, bryophytes, algae (diatoms) (Europe, East-Asia)
Paleobotany (Europe)
Fungi (micro, macro) (Europe)
Invertebrates (Worldwide)
Vertebrates (Europe, Southeast-Asia)
Paleontology (invertebrate, vertebrates) (Europe)
Mineralogy (Carpathians)
COMMUNICATION MATERIAL
Main activities of communication and outreach 

 scientific communication articles on our website
 monthly study group for children held by our scientific staff (HU)
 monthly organized special programme for homeless people (guided tours, interactive workshops)
 weekly programsfor visitors held by  our scientists about their work  (HU)
 special programs and scientific presentations in connection with yearly organized national events, such as  Day of Earth, Hungarian Research Day, , Night of Museums,  Autumn Festival of Museums, etc.
 monthly and fortnightly organized interactive presentation series for adults (HU)
 currently:
 Palaeontological Evenings:
 Afternoon Tea in the Museum:
 Blog
 Facebook
 Popular natural history journal, fortnightly , joint edition with the Budapest Zoo
 Auxiliary University Department in the field of zootaxonomy and museology
 Participation at events organized outside the museum (eg. music festival, expos

Logo 
Contact person at your institution for communications / press / external relations (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Emese Jókuthy, Head of Marketing Group +36 1 267-7100, jokuthyemese@zoo.nhmus.hu

Visitors
Last year:  
120 000
Trends (past and future) 

Permanent 120000, Temporary 120000

Number of public visitors decreases

Website visitors
Last year  
100 000
Institution news
Research updates
Online media galleries
Others
Other means of communication  

Blog in Hungarian mttmuzeum.blog.hu

If your institution is involved with non-university-based teaching or education programmes, please describe them & the partners 

10 museologists are involved in non-University based adult education programmes. Types of courses and activities: licensed mushroom identification courses, bat ringing examination, bird ringing examination, taxidermy education (participation in the compilation of the training material), cave biology o pest biology

If your institution is involved with universities in teaching or education programmes, please name and describe them 

37 members of the scientific staff give lectures and practical courses (2000 hours in 2016) regularly at three universities (by agreement between the museum and the universities) in the following fields: science communication, museology, zoology, botany, anthropology, paleobotany, paleontology, mineralogy. Staff members regularly supervise BSc, MSc and PhD theses

If your institution is involved in online courses, please describe them and the partners 

Hungarian Natural History Museum is taking part as a consortium member with RBINS, AEM, UOC, CETAF in building an online course on biodiversity, climate change and issues related to scientific collections. The three years (2016-2019) project named as BIOTALENT is financed by Erasmus+. HNHM is responsible mainly for building up the educational content, and running the course itself with UOC. The platform is going to be built to be useful in the wider field of STEM education.

If your institution is involved in training projects, please describe them and the partners 

MSc of science communication MSc and field courses on zootaxonomy

Other relevant information on education and / or training carried out 

At least 200 guided tours (including guided tours in the collections), one thousand museum pedagogy programs and a hundred and fifty other museum events The museum has a number of partnership agreements with primary schools to regularly take part in museum education programmes. Special agreement established with a school specialized for teaching students with intellectual disabilities to provide specific education programmes.

Contact person at your institution for education / teaching / training (name, position, phone, e-mail) 

Dr. Gergely Babocsay/(+36) 37 505 530/gergely.babocsay@gmail.com

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

flora and fauna exploration

nature conservation, monitoring

DNA barcoding

THREE MAIN TOPICS OF FUTURE INTEREST FOR YOUR INSTITUTION 

digitisation

e-learning in taxonomy and collection management

Center for SE European network of taxonomic facilities and taxonomic education

WHICH NETWORKS OR ORGANISATIONS SHOULD CETAF BE A MEMBER OF? 

connection with IUCN

Last update 
11.25.16