a passion for collecting

Oskar Simony (1852-1915) is one of the most important collectors in the history of the NHM Vienna. He provided the museum with many herpetological, ichthyological, entomological, anthropological and mineralogical objects and illustrations. It was his collection of butterflies, completed between 1888 and 1890, which inspired many scientists to travel themselves to the Canary Islands in search of these beautiful creatures. This picture shows a Canary Island Brimstone (Gonepteryx cleobule) caught in Aguamansa on the island of Tenerife in September 1988.

This Sunday, 7 February, at 11:00 Robert Pils will be giving visitors to the NHM Vienna a look behind the scenes at Oskar Simony’s collections.

© NHM Wien, Kurt Kracher