Estonian Museum of Natural History

Original name(s)
    Institution Address

    Lai, 29A
    10133 Tallinn

    Main areas of taxonomic expertise

    • Vascular plants of temperate zone
    • Bryophytes
    • Lichens
    • Coleoptera
    • Lepidoptera
    • Zooplankton
    • Mammals
    • Birds
    • Molluscs of temperate zone
    • Fish fauna of a brackish water
    • Early to Mid Paleozoic fauna

    Type of organisation

    Institution Address

    Lai, 29A
    10133 Tallinn

    Director Representative

    Urmas Kõljalg


    Structure Chart

    Governing & Executive bodies

    The administrative structure of the Museum is led by the Director.

    There are four departments in the Museum:

    • Department of Botany; 
    • Department of Zoology; 
    • Department of Geology and; 
    • Department of Nature Education, who are responsible for their field and are led by the Head of the Department.




    Staff fields

    staff total50.0
    scientific staff collections (permanent)9.0
    staff collection managers technicians (permanent)1.0
    staff collection managers technicians (non permanent)24.0
    staff administrative (permanent)6.0
    staff administrative (non permanent)1.0
    staff exhibitions (permanent)7.0
    staff exhibitions (non permanent)2.0

    General Description

    • Monitoring of protected vascular plants and bryophytes 
    • Atlas of the Estonian vascular plants fieldwork
    • Early to Mid-Palaeozoic fauna
    • Monitoring of vagrant species (Coleoptera, Lepidoptera) of Estonia


    Link of the Research page : Research page

    Research Fields

    • Anthropology / Physical anthropology (46.20.00)

    Research Initiative

    Activities and outreach with Universities

    Museum´s specialists are involved in supervising graduate students.


    Activities and outreach with other public

    There are vast number of museum programmes for schools and nursery schools, mostly curriculum-based.



    Tiiu Liimets;
    +372 6411 740

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