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Home of Ida

The Natural History Museum in Oslo is where you can see the famous fossil known as "Ida", the oldest primate fossil known and the most complete fossil of an early primate.

Ida will not be on display until November 2015.

Visit the garden and the museums

From the Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden and the museums within it are among Oslo's most popular attractions, with tourists and local visitors alike. The garden is especially beautiful in spring and summer, but you can learn and marvel all year round at NHM.

Understanding Nature


Nature's diversity is the object of the research at NHM. From Norway's largest natural history collections, we aim for a deeper understanding of how long time evolutionary and geological processes have shaped our world. Our National Centre of Biosystematics is internationally renowned. The Arctic is a main area of interest.

Opening hours

Zoological and geological exhibitions

  • Tuesday–Sunday: 11–16 (Mondays closed)

The Greenhouses

  • All days: 10–17

Botanical Garden (no admission fee)

  • All days: 07–21

About the collections

NHM is Norway’s most comprehensive natural history collection. A selection of specimens are on display for the general public, in the Geological Museum and the Zoological Museum.

Both are to be found in the beautiful Botanical Garden. Located at Tøyen in the east of Oslo city centre, the garden is not only popular for recreation, but a scientific collection in itself.

Research infrastructure, Searchable databases

Vacant positions at NHM

No current vacancies.