In the framework of the special memorial year, on 23rd October at 3.30pm we open the exhibition presenting the life and works of the scientist Antal Reguly.


Reguly Antal plakatHungarian ethnographer, linguist, cartographer and anthropologist Antal Reguly was born 200 years ago on 11th July, 1819 in the Hungarian town Zirc. Following his father’s footsteps, he became a lawyer in 1839. He embarked on a Western-European journey that became a 7-year long scientific expedition. In Finland, he learned Finnish language, then he travelled to Lapland and after one and a half years, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences was presented a grandiose plan to research the origins of the Hungarian language by not a lawyer, but a scientist, also member of the Finnish Literature Society. After two years studying in Saint Petersburg, he was sending report across the Ural Mountain, from the land of the Mansi, Khanty and Nenets. Upon returning, he studied the people living next to Volga River. In Saint Petersburg, he compiled the first map of Northern-Ural and only after this he returned to Hungary in 1847. Back home, he was doing ethnographic and anthropology studies besides his job as a librarian. Death overtook him on 23rd August, 1858, only being 39 years old. His scientific collections had to be analysed by others, but his work was elementary for many disciplines.


Marking the anniversary, the Antal Reguly Museum launched a special memorial year lasting in Hungary until 23rd August, 2020. During this time many conferences, memorial meetings and other events popularising science will be held, paying attention to emphasize Zirc and the hospitality of people living in the Bakony Mountains. Antal Reguly’s work is highly appreciated by all Finno-Ugric peoples as he provided the very first written source of their mother tongue. The exhibition prepared for the memorial year and to be opened in Estonian language presents to the visitors the life and works of the scientist, and also introduces the history of the first map of the Urals.


From 6th December, 2019, the exhibition will be displayed on the Finno-Ugric Department of Tartu University (Jakobi 2.)!