Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo

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Mounted thylacine from the Zoological museum.

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

Detail of the Apollo 17 exhibit from the Geological museum, showing a moon rock and a space flown Norwegian flag.

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.[1] Major proponents were Waldemar Christofer Brøgger and Nordal Wille.[2] 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.[1]

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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  1. ^ a b "Botanisk museum" (in Norwegian). Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo. Retrieved 27 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Botanisk museum" (in Norwegian). Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo. Retrieved 27 March 2009. 

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Coordinates: 59°55′11″N 10°46′18″E / 59.9198°N 10.7717°E / 59.9198; 10.7717