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Natural History Museum, Oslo

(3.6/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
The Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo is Norway's oldest and largest museum of natural history, situated in Oslo.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 and Geological museums are popular with families. Among the attractions is the Darwinius masillae fossil "Ida", a primate from Eocene.
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  • I'm sure I would have enjoyed this museum--it's collections are extensive. But--with so few English translations, it was hard to make sense of what I was seeing. Didn't stay long.  more »
  • Nice Museum with a Tyrex real skeleton, many visible fossils and rare stone beautiful Description of local wildlife
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  • There are dinosaur skeleton of T-Rex and the great Primate Ida. There are lots of preserved both extinct and even live animals, amazing crystals and minerals. Visit to the Zoological one should over look into Palme House where you can see palm trees and bromeliads and Victoria House where you can see tropical plants in the tropical climate, Viktoria Näckrosen is amazing!
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  • A nice selection of fossils, some dinosaurs, gems and so on, rather small, the upperfloor is kinda of funny with some real and some fake stuffed animals, really afordable only 250 Norwegian Krone, and afterwards you can relax in the botanical garden, it is really close to the Munch museum, you can easily do both in one day.
  • T-rex skeleton, mineral displays, lots of interactive and entertaining displays for the kids.
  • It's been refurbished a couple of years ago, so it's definitely worth a visit. But it not very big, and some of the exhibitions look rather old.
  • I had a day long layover in Oslo, and my host recommended I should make a visit. Despite it being in the dead of winter, the frosted trees and pathways gave the area outside the museum the right amount of melancholy and winter wonderland. It's a little dated, but it's a peaceful stroll in a convenient location.
  • It's kind of small and a bit dated. But they have some interesting exhibitions from time to time. Well worth the 50kr fee