Finnish Museum of Natural History

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Historic battlement of the Natural History Museum of Helsinki.

The Finnish Museum of Natural History (Finnish: Luonnontieteellinen keskusmuseo, Swedish: Naturhistoriska centralmuseet), established in 1988, is a research institution under the University of Helsinki in Finland. It is responsible for the national botanical, zoological, geological and paleontological collections consisting of samples from around the world. The collections serve scientific, public informational and educational purposes.


Research units[edit]

Dating Laboratory

Performs age determination of samples with physical methods (radiocarbon and optically stimulated luminescence dating).

Zoological Museum

Maintains a collection of 8 million animal specimens; performs research mainly on systematics, taxonomy, and zoogeography.

Geological Museum

Maintains collections of rock and ore samples (35,000 items), meteorites (500), and fossils (6,000).

Botanic Museum

Maintains the national herbarium of Finland containing 3,3 million specimens of plants, mosses and fungi.

Botanic Garden

Maintains a collection of living plants for education and research; is responsible for international seed exchange and public education on plants.

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 60°10′17″N 24°55′53″E / 60.17139°N 24.93139°E / 60.17139; 24.93139