Agder Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden, University of Agder (Norwegian :Naturmuseum og botanisk hage, Universitetet i Agder, formerly Kristiansand Museum and Agder Natural History Museum) is the only natural history museum on the Southern Coast of Norway, located in Kristiansand in Vest-Agder County. The museum was founded in 1828 as part of Kristiansand Katedralskole, named Kristiansand Museum. The current museum and botanical garden is run by the University of Agder.
Today the natural history museum and botanical garden is located in the former farm Gimle, where the museum is in the outhouse and the park is about botanical garden, while the main building in Gimle Gård also has a museum, part of Vest-Agder Museum. The museum's current exhibition space was opened by the then Crown Prince Harald 26 June 1990.
The permanent exhibits are from the early 1990s, and the focus is placed on the topics: "from the Ice Age to the Present" and "from sea to the mountains". In addition, an exhibition on "minerals and rocks". In addition to these, exhibitions are shown in limited periods.
Botanical garden consists of plants both outside and indoors. Inside there is the largest collection of succulents in Norway, the issues are many and varied. Themes vary from year to year. The botanical garden is a source of knowledge, beauty, adventure and of course recreation, and includes all green spaces in Gimle Gård.
The garden contains various plant collections. There is an old park in the free English landscape style, historic rose garden, rose garden and modern roses, South Norwegian rose garden, millenniumgarden, conifers collection (arboretum), shrubs and trees at the museum's parking lot (lignoses), perennials, rock garden, pond with water plants, heather garden and a collection of Rhododendron.