„World of insects“ entomological collection

„World of insects“ entomological collection


The classicist Hercer Palace was built in 1791. The Hercer family crest was carved in stone above the main entrance. During the 18th century the family became exceedingly wealthy through its running of the post office and bought their way into the nobility.

The Palace now houses the Entomological Collection donated by Prof. Franjo Košćec. This collection was exhibited as a permanent collection under the title of ‘World of Insects’.
It was completely restored in the 1990’s and is considered to be one of the most beautiful collections of its kind in Europe. It leads you through several themes (In the forest, Near the forest and on the meadow, In the water and near the water, At night and underground) and with its approximately 4500 insects shows the insects' biology.

Apart from the insects, here you can see entomological preparations, mounted vertebrates, preserved plant specimen, enlarged bug models, photos and various objects from Prof. Košćec's legacy. The legacy also includes tools that he made by himself to use in his work.
The permanent collection also presents other naturalists from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, and one room is set up as Prof. Košćec's study.


Palača Hertzer (18th century), Franjevački trg 6
Phone: +385 (0)42 658 760


Tuesday – Friday 9.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9.00 a.m. – 01.00 p.m.
Closed on Monday and public holidays.

Visit time: 40 min. Group visits should be announced by phone

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