In the botanical garden there are 2 excellent museums side by side in identical buildings with a rose-garden in the middle, The Geological Museum and The Zoological Museum, both excellent museums built in 1911-1917 and are called The Natural History museums. I am a sucker for Geological nature museums and can spend hours in there - especially in the mineral section on which I add an additional tip.
The first thing one encounters on entering the museum on the ground floor is a big dinosaur and in several sections of the museum there are dinosaurs on display, one of which is a Tyrannosaurus Rex called Stan ;) When I was visiting several groups of kids from kindergarten were visiting so the museum was filled with kids - it is excellent to see how much they were enjoying the museum.
On the first floor there is on display the geological evoloution of Norway for 2.5 billion years. This is such an excellent museum - highly recommended.
Here are also fossils, amongst other fossils, a sea scorpion 400 million years old.
Here is also Ida - the oldest complete primate skeleton in the world. Ida is ca 47 million years old and was found in Germany. I tried to take a photo of it through the glass, but in vain, even without flash there was too much reflection. Ida is the most precious and important of the attractions at the museum and made the museum world famous in 2009.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11-16, closed on Mondays.
Admission fee (valid for both the museums): NOK 50.
The mineral section at the Geological Museum is on the first floor (1 floor up). This is my absolute favourite part of the museum - I adore minerals and can spend hours in there. It was so cute that at the same time as I was visiting a lot of pre-school kids were visiting - they were too small to see the minerals and had to be lifted up one after another and they were absolutely loving the beautiful colours of the minerals - maybe I am just a kid at heart ;) - at least I was equally enthustiastic about the rocks and minerals as the small kids.
The mineral collection is quite extensive, with rows after rows of minerals on display. In the middle of the hall there are the most precious mineral showpieces of the museum - f.ex. a gigantic crystal.
Here are also silver and gold nuggets, meteorides and a speciment from the moon.
And beautiful colourful minerals from all over the world. This is an exhibition not to be missed - my all time favourite :)
I collect minerals/gemstones and Fossils, therefor this museum was a real threat to me. They have all kind of stones/minerals and fossils. So if you are interested. Give them a visit!