WestFjords Natural History Institute is a regional institute involved in natural and historical researches. It opened in 1997 and is based in Bolungarvík, Hólmavík and Bíldudalur covering the entire WestFjords area.
The institute conducts basic and applied researches on Icelandic nature with emphasis on zoology, botany, archaeology, ecology and geology. It maintains a collection of scientific specimens and database. It assembles literature about Icelandic nature and history. It manages two museums, the Ósvör Maritime Museum and the Natural History Museum both in Bolungarvík.
The main aim of the institute is to collect information about the nature of WestFjords and to make it available to the community.