Since its foundation in 1960, the museum has supported the teaching and research functions of the Department of Biology in accordance with its role as a support unit.
Its collections originated from donations given by Oulun Luonnonystäväin Yhdistys.
Due to its geographic location and area of operation, the Museum’s activities center around northern issues. For this purpose, the Museum develops, manages and preserves its collections, conducts zoological research and maintains a public exhibition gallery.
The museum forms an integral part of an international network of natural science museums functioning as a repository of knowledge and an expert body on biodiversity-related issues.
Other activities include advisory, instructional and publishing services.
Last updated: 8.2.2013