Finnish Museum of Natural History
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 a natural history museum responsible for the national botanical, zoological, geological and paleontological collections, which consist of samples from around the world. The collections serve scientific, public informational and educational purposes.
- Botany Unit
- Botanical Museum maintains the national herbarium of Finland containing 3,3 million specimens of plants, mosses and fungi.
- Botanic Gardens maintain a collection of living plants for education and research; is responsible for international seed exchange and public education on plants.
- Zoology Unit
- Zoological Museum maintains a collection of 8 million animal specimens; performs research mainly on systematics, taxonomy, and zoogeography.
- Bird ringing centre and monitoring of bird populations
- Natural Sciences Unit
- Laboratory of Chronology performs age determination of samples with physical methods (radiocarbon and optically stimulated luminescence dating).
- Geological Museum maintains collections of rock and ore samples (35,000 items), meteorites (500), and fossils (6,000).
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