The Natural History Museum (Náttúrugripasavnið) conducts research and documents and disseminates knowledge about Faroese biology. The specific focus areas of the department’s research are Faroese ecosystems and biodiversity, whales and seals, climate change, nature in the north and bird ringing.
The institute participates in several international research projects. During the past twenty years the institute has conducted extensive research on the biology of pilot whales with international participation.
The institute also provides authorities with advice on whale and bird catch and other issues related to animals.
The museum also has a commercial organization - Biofar – which gathers knowledge about the marine invertebrate benthic fauna in Faroese territorial waters. It provides service to public authorities and institutions as well as the industry, e.g. environmental surveillance and surveys of man induced impact of the seabed.
The Natural History Museum is organized under the Faroese National Heritage.