Natural History Museum, Oslo

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The Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo (Norwegian: Naturhistorisk museum, NHM) is Norway's oldest and largest museum of natural history. It is situated in the neighborhood of Tøyen in Oslo, Norway.


It traces its roots to the University Botanical Garden, which was founded near Tøyen Manor in 1814. Museums for zoology, botany and geology were added approximately a hundred years later, when the university campus in central Oslo had become too small for such purposes. Major proponents were Waldemar Christofer Brøgger and Nordal Wille. For most of the twentieth century the museums and botanical garden were organized in five different entities; these were merged on 1 August 1999. The current name dates from 2005.
The Zoological Museum displaying wildlife from Norway as well as the rest of the world. The Botanical Garden contains 35,000 plants, 7,500 species and two exhibition greenhouses. The Geological Museum contain research material of more than 2 million fossils, rock specimens and minerals. A selection of specimens are on display in both the Geological Museum and the Zoological Museum. Among the attractions is the Darwinius masillae fossil "Ida", a primate from the Eocene Epoch.
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  • Can’t really review the museum as it was closed ! There was major renovations going on as the whole building was wrapped in polythene . Brought a ticket for the Viking museum which also covers the...  more »
  • The displays were laid out very well with a lot of information for both adults and children to enjoy. I really enjoyed the dinosaurs  more »
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  • I really enjoyed my visit. On quite a small budget and managed to get in with my student card. Pretty small but packed full of stuff and info, spent about 2-3 hours inside. My favourite bit was the rock section despite the geological museum being closed it was still interesting. My advice for non Norwegian speakers would to have Google translate at the ready. I managed fine. Also got a cool rock in the shop!
  • Varied displays with a lot of actual things being displayed instead of just walls of text. Doesn't go that deep in their information plaques, which made me feel like I was missing out on interesting details on the pieces I found fascinating. The electronic displays were of wildly varying quality, with the English lane text being missing on most displays as well as some displays being missing entirely.
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