58th mushroom exhibition

From 16 to 27 September the annual mushroom exhibition will be held in the yard of the Estonian Museum of Natural History. This year, the display showcases edible, non-edible, conditionally edible and poisonous mushrooms. In addition, special focus is on the last mentioned, poisonous mushrooms and mushroom toxins.

Eat only those mushrooms you know well! The display in the Museum of Natural History gives an overview of edible and non-edible mushrooms, and draws attention to some tips on how to recognise lethal mushrooms. One can get an idea of how diversified the mushroom world is and how to tell the difference between certain types of mushrooms – often dangerous mushrooms do not wear a warning colour, smell bad or taste bitter, and worms may like them just as much as they like edible mushrooms! Before heading to the forest you need to do your homework – and the mushroom exhibition of the Museum of Natural History is an excellent place to accumulate the necessary knowledge.

However, if your mushroom basket already contains a mushroom or two you cannot classify, we can help you at the exhibition: all visitors are welcome to bring along the mushrooms they need to classify! The most common “error-prone” types can be classified immediately; the more complex ones may require us to delve into the various books that can be found on our shelves. But if you would prefer to explore mushrooms with your family, friends or colleagues, you can visit the exhibition privately by booking a special evening event.

As in previous years, there are consultants who will provide answers to mushroom-related questions during the exhibition’s opening hours. There is also a newly developed audio guide for those who would like to explore the mushroom world on their own. The audio guide provides short and comprehensive descriptions of a selection of mushrooms displayed, and everyone can use their own smartphone to listen to these explanations. The audio guide is available in Estonian, English, Russian and Finnish.

You also have an opportunity to contribute to the mushroom world created in the museum’s yard – all visitors are welcome to bring along their mushroom-related finds and all the wonderful cap-wearers will be displayed for everybody to see.

The mushroom exhibition is held at the Estonian Museum of Natural History, in Tallinn Old Town at Lai Street 29a, from 16–27 September, Mon-Sun 10 am to 7 pm.