It is not every day you see two giraffes hanging off a balcony and a giant moose hiding behind the hedges. They welcome you to the former Zoological Museum. After an extensive renovation in 2007, this became the Museum of Natural History. Their collection includes millions of insects plus zoological, geological and botanical specimens. This building was initially a Russian gymnasium when construction ended in 1913. Ten years later, it was acquired by the University of Helsinki. They manage the museum and the research institute inside named Naturhistoriska Museet.