Visitor record for Luomus in 2017
Last year, a total of 248,000 people of all ages visited the public attractions of the Finnish Museum of Natural History, i.e., the Natural History Museum and the two botanic gardens.
The Natural History Museum saw just over 174,000 visitors last year, an increase of more than 9,000 from the previous year.
The glasshouses of the Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden had more than 30,000 visitors, an increase of more than 26% from the previous year.
“The tremendous growth is partially due to the opening of our Tree of Life systematic garden which reflects the leading edge of research. The interesting outdoor installation also attracts more visitors to the glasshouses,” explains a happy Leif Schulman, director of Luomus.
The outdoor garden currently has free entrance and visitor numbers are not tracked, but it is estimated that the garden has twice as many visitors as the glasshouses.
“We spent a couple of years building the Tree of Life, which supports the University’s teaching, and the outdoor gardens saw significantly less use during the renovation. In addition, the glasshouses were closed for repairs from the end of June to the beginning of August.”
Nearly 13,000 people have visited the Kumpula Botanic Garden . The garden has hosted the Vappushokkelo family event, organised by University of Helsinki biology students, for six consecutive years, with 2017 being the most successful year yet, with 5,500 visitors .
The good result may also be partially due to the adoption of the Museum Card, particularly at the Kaisaniemi glasshouses which adopted the new system in April 2017.
Information including the location, opening hours and entrance fees of Luomus public attractions is available at luomus.fi/en. Luomus is part of the University of Helsinki.
Director Leif Schulman, tel. +358 2941 28884
Head of the Luomus Public Outreach Team Leena Gustavsson, tel. +358 2941 28856