The Hungarian Natural History Museum (HNHM) houses a collection of approximately 10 million objects covering the disciplines of botany, zoology, paleontology, physical anthropology, mineralogy and petrology. The collection uniquely represents the natural history of Hungary and the Carpathians, but highly valuable items originate also from other parts of the Earth. These irreplaceable assets render the museum the ultimate hallmark of bio- and geodiversity in Hungary.
The following outline is only a foretaste of what is housed at HNHM.
The Department of Zoology comprises the largest zoological collection in South Eastern Europe with almost 8 million objects. It includes significant material from all over the world excluding North-America. Collections from the Balkan, Inner and Southeast Asia, New Guinea and Africa are truly unique worldwide.
The Department of Botany includes 2 million specimens. Its collections contain remarkable material including the valuable herbarium of the botanist Pál Kitaibel or the famous Lobkowitz collection of fossil plant remains.
More than hundred thousand fossils from the Carpathian Basin are hosted in the Department of Paleontology. These include the very first dinosaur remains from the Upper Cretaceous of Hungary.
The Department of Mineralogy and Petrology gives home to about 80 thousand objects. The majority comes from Hungary; however, a significant amount is accommodated from all around the world. Its meteorite collection and lunar rock samples are recognised for their outstanding universal value.
The Department of Anthropology contains the remains of around 50 thousand individuals representing the whole Post-Pleistocene population of the Carpathian Basin. The Neanderthal remains of the Subalyuk cave and the naturally preserved mummies from the town of Vác, Hungary are among the most notable objects.