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Natural History Museum, Oslo

(3.5/5 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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  • The museum isn't that large, but they've managed to stuff the museum with interesting exhibitions of flora, fauna, gemstone and fossils. When you enter, you're immediately greeted by a large Tyrannosa...  more »
  • If you're used to larger Natural History Museums (like London) then perhaps this one isn't for you. It's very small and the majority of the items on show are taxidermy animals, some of which look very...  more »
  • Interesting and informative exhibition. The Museum is spread over three levels where each level has its theme. On the first floor you will find fossils and minerals. Here one encounters right on the skeleton of tyrannosaurus Rex in full size. Admittedly a casting, but very illustrative of the era. The exhibition impresses with a real skeleton of a large fiskeøgle, dug out in the Svalbard archipelago. Furthermore, you will be led through level two, that contains existing and extinct Norwegian animal-fish and insect species. All the creatures are on display in a natural setting. You can find information about every species on books with the index function. On the top floor you will find exhibitions spread over continents and regions. If I'm going to put my finger on something so I missed some Norwegian uglearter. And I'd like to have some more information on the different foreign species on the top floor. Certainly a good and well prepared exhibition that should be seen!
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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