The Zoological Museum of the University of Turku maintains and develops the second largest natural history collections in Finland. Approximately 4 million zoological samples span a time period from the late 18th / early 19th century to the present day. The museum also contains the collections of Åbo Akademi, and both universities collaborate in studying the collections. The main focus of the museum is to carry out research and teaching, based on the collections and on fieldwork. Major research fields include taxonomy, systematics and biogeography. Our research is carried out in the field, in our collections and in our DNA laboratory.