Zoologisk Museet, Oslo
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. They were a part of the Oslo University, which is also located in the botanical park, but are now displayed at seperate museums.
The first hall you enter though is the hunters´display room with all the animal heads on display - may I say that I am not a fan of animal "trophies" on display. There is a lion there in the middle of the hall and a very large sheep. On display are animals in Africa vs animals hunted in Europe.
The Zoological museum is such a lovely museum, especially for kids. The 3-D glass-displays are so excellently made that I couldn´t get my eyes of off them, I just wanted to stay there - I was so drawn towards them :)
There are Norwegian animals on display, and then Asian, Australian, American and African animals. Well, animals from all over the world. There is also a fish and bird section. And dangerous animals up close and personal - which one of them is just playing dead.
And a very funny section of the museum is The Mad scientist and all kinds of horrible and funny experimental and made up animals. It was hilarious.
A highly recommended visit :)
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11-16, closed on Mondays.
Admission fee (valid for both the museums): NOK 50.
This is a part of the geological museum and botanical garden in Toyen, all belonging to the University.
You can find a good exhibition of fauna and animals from Norway, and the rest of the world. All very well organised in different sections.
Entrance is 40,- NOK for adults, 20,- NOK for children or 80,- NOK for families.
The Natural History Museums and Botanical Garden.
The Zoological Museum is my favourite: The Norwegian Hall shows the animal life of Norway, the Spitsbergen Hall shows scenes from arctic animal life and in the Systematic Hall there is a display of Norways animals. The Botanical Garden is absorbing.