Metamorphosis. Butterflies in bloom

An exhibition dedicated to butterflies, where, for the first time, the Pärnu Museum will exhibit the butterfly collection of renowned zoologist and entomologist Aleksei Linnik. The exhibition is supplemented by artist Aleksei Gordin’s butterfly collection and nature photographer Remo Savisaar’s photos.


On the occasion of spring’s arrival, we will surprise the visitors with the colourfulness of flowers and butterflies. At the exhibition, the visitors can familiarise themselves with the types of butterflies in Estonia and Europe, and their food and habitat preferences. The butterflies on display have been caught in Estonia, elsewhere in Europe and the former Soviet Union between 1970 and 2008. A collection of thematic nature and animated films will also be screened. The exhibition is ideal for enriching the biology classes of basic school and secondary school students.

Aleksei Gordin is an Estonian artist who is interested in entomology, and who from 2002 to 2008 actively researched and collected butterflies in Estonia and the rest of Europe. His collection includes all local diurnal butterflies and most moths. A large part of the collection is comprised of insects caught in southern Europe. Aleksei no longer researches or collects butterflies; he is now focused on creating contemporary painting and video art.

The author of the butterfly photos is Remo Savisaar, who has dealt with nature photography for more than ten years. Remo’s beautiful photos have appeared in several magazines, including on the pages of National Geographic. Remo’s works have been honoured with various awards and been repeatedly recognized on the international level. In 2006, his pictorial diary at blog.moment.ee was recognised as the best in the animal photo category. (Photobloggies 2006 Awards)

During the first week, there will be an insectarium in the exhibition hall, and during the week actual butterfly will hatch from pupae!

The exhibition as supported the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the City of Pärnu and Hansaplant.

Metamorphosis. Butterflies in bloom
Metamorphosis. Butterflies in bloom
Metamorphosis. Butterflies in bloom