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The Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo is Norway’s most comprehensive natural history collection. For almost 200 years, preserved plant specimens, animal specimens, rocks, minerals and fossils have been collected, studied and preserved here.

A selection of specimens are on display for the general public.

The Botanical Garden, part of the Museum, is not only popular for recreation, but is a scientific collection in itself.

University Botanical Garden (Oslo)

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The University Botanical Garden (Botanisk hage) is Norway's oldest botanical garden. It was first established in 1814 and is administrated by the University of Oslo. It is situated in the neighborhood of Tøyen in Oslo, Norway.[1] [2]


Tøyen Manor[edit]

The Tøyen estate is rich in history, and the main wing is probably the oldest wooden building in greater Oslo. Tøyen i Aker was originally an estate owned by the Nonneseter Abbey. Norway's Chancellor Jens Bjelke acquired the property about 1640.

King Frederik VI of Denmark later acquired the estate and subsequently gifted the property to the University of Christiania in 1812. In 1814, work began on the University Botanical Garden. The University of Oslo's oldest building, Tøyen Manor (Tøyen hovedgaard), is located in the garden. [3]. Today the historic Tøyen Manor houses temporary exhibitions and a café for staff and visitors.

Botanical Garden[edit]

The University Botanical Garden (Oslo), founded in 1814, belongs to the Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo. Through research, education and plant conservation, the garden seeks to increase public awareness of the importance of plant diversity. The plant collections contain approx. 7500 species.

Johan Siebke was the botanical gardener at the Botanical Garden from the date of establishment. He contributed greatly to the planning and construction of the botanical garden and to the operation during the next first 40 years. The garden originally covered 75,000 square metres, but has since doubled in size. Botanical Museum (Botanisk museum) which dated to 1863 was merged with the Botanical Garden in 1975. The collection includes roughly 35,000 plants of about 7,500 unique species.[4] [5]

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The Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo is Norway's most comprehensive natural history collection. A selection of specimens are on display for the general public, in the Geological Museum and the Zoological Museum. The Natural History Museum in Oslo is where you can see the famous fossil known as "Ida", the oldest primate fossil known and the most complete fossil of an early primate. She was bought by the museum in 2007, and presented to the world in 2009.

The geological museum was established in 1917 by Waldemar Christofer Brøgger.[6]



  1. ^ Botanisk hage (UiO Naturhistorisk museum)

  2. ^ Botanisk hage (visitoslo)

  3. ^ Tøyen hovedgård (UiO Naturhistorisk museum)

  4. ^ Botanisk museum (UiO Naturhistorisk museum)

  5. ^ Per Sunding: Johan Siebke, Botanisk gartner (Norsk biografisk leksikon)

  6. ^ Électricité de France. Direction de la distribution; Gaz de France. Direction de la distribution (1965). Atlas. p. A–93.

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At the museum you can see the fossil "Ida" - the world's oldest complete primate skeleton


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Zoological and geological exhibitions:
Tuesday - Friday 11–16
Saturday - Sunday: 10–17

Botanical Garden:
All days 07–21

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Nature's diversity is the object of the research at NHM. From Norway's largest natural history collections, we aim for a deeper understanding of how long time evolutionary and geological processes have shaped our world. Our National Centre of Biosystematics is internationally renowned. The Arctic is a main area of interest.

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The Natural History Museum does research on biological and geological diversity and the evolutionary processes involved in creating this diversity. The scientific collections constitutes the basis for our research and are the most comprehensive in Norway comprising a total of 6.2 million objects. 

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