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The University Museum, Natural History

We would like to welcome you to the University Museum, Natural History which we reopen in 2019 after extensive renovation. 

Through the renovation project of the old museum on campus, the oldest museum building in Norway still standing, the University Museum has become a strong brand of the University of Bergen, a symbol of the institution.

Anticipating government funding, we closed a natural history museum in November 2013, and almost six years later, on the 14th October 2019, we opened a university museum. The project was funded through the Norwegian state budget for 2015 to renovate the old museum building of 1865 and make it suitable for continued use as a museum building while simultaneously producing new natural history exhibitions.

In itself, the project was large and complicated enough, yet, we decided to use this opportunity to renovate more than a building and develop a new concept of what a university museum could and should be in the 21st century. We do not regard the reopening in October 2019 as the end of this process, but rather as the beginning, and our future plans are simply to make this vision a reality – constantly trying new and more efficient ways to make it happen.

Some of the exhibtions you can visit at University Museum, Natural History.

  • Biodiversity - Wonders of Diversity
  • Birds – The dinosaurs among us
  • Crystals – Look, they are growing
  • Evolution – A science for the future and The power of selection
  • Herptiles – The first terrestrial vertebrates
  • Insects – A million stories
  • Mammals – Your closest relatives
  • Nature of time – Perception of time
  • Our Bedrock – The rise and fall of a mountain range
  • Plants – Giving life
  • The Deep Sea – The Unknown land
  • The Globe Room – Our dynamic Planet
  • The Whale Hall – The great swarm
  • Worldviews – Knowledge that shapes society
Pollen and Bones exhibition
Pollen and Bones exhibition
Adnan Icagic © Universitetsmuseet i Bergen
The Whale Hall
The Whale Hall
Adnan Icagic © Universitetsmuseet i Bergen
The birds, in the main staircase birds are suspended from the ceiling, giving the impression they are flying in the sky
The Main Staircase Birds
Adnan Icagic © Universitetsmuseet i Bergen
Herptiles and Mammals
Herptiles and Mammals
Adnan Icagic © Universitetsmuseet i Bergen
The deep sea exhibition
Deep Sea
Adnan Icagic © Universitetsmuseet i Bergen
Geology
Geology
Adnan Icagic © Universitetsmuseet i Bergen
Geology, projection of lava flow
Geology projection
Adnan Icagic © Universitetsmuseet i Bergen
The Museum Shop
The Museum Shop
Adnan Icagic © Universitetsmuseet i Bergen
The Globe Room
The Globe Room
Adnan Icagic © Universitetsmuseet i Bergen
Pollen and Bones exhibition
Pollen and Bones
Adnan Icagic © Universitetsmuseet i Bergen
The Worldviews exhibition
Worldviews
Adnan Icagic © Universitetsmuseet i Bergen
The University Museum
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We would like to welcome you to the University Museum, Natural History which we reopen in 2019 after extensive renovation.  Through the renovation project of the old museum on campus, the oldest museum building in Norway still standing, the University Mu