The Zoological exhibitions
The Zoological exhibitions have four main themes:
The Norwegian hall
These exhibits are based on an unusual concept, both in a Norwegian and an international context: They take us through habitats and animal communities at increasing heights above sea level. The first diorama shows a typical community of sea-living creatures along the Norwegian coast. We move on to life along the beaches, via a spectacular diorama of cliff-nesting sea birds, to meet the animals found in cities and cultivated landscapes. Continuing upwards through evergreen forest to the birch belt, our journey ends in the high mountains where birds like ptarmigans and snow buntings manage to survive. In an extension of the Norwegian Hall lies the Svalbard Room, showing important arctic animal species.
The zoogeographic hall
The dioramas in this hall are organized according to the zoological areas – or zoogeographic regions – of the Earth. Here you find animal species typical for each region – Europe and Northern Asia, Asia south of the Himalayas, North and South America, Africa south of the Sahara, Australia, and the Antarctic. The hall presents a colourful journey among countless exotic animals, exciting shapes and adaptations.
The systematic hall
Almost all the vertebrates native to Norway are presented here – fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. When it comes to the invertebrates, the number of species is so great that it is hardly possible to show a complete collection. However, you will find a large and representative selection of all the groups of invertebrates found in Norway. All the animals in this hall are exhibited in systematic order, placing each animal where it belongs in the great biological system of genera, families, orders, classes and phyla.
The hall for temporary exhibitions
In the course of a year, several exciting exhibitions are mounted in this hall. These exhibitions cover topics from all the natural sciences, emphasizing geology, botany and zoology. The 2006 exhibition "Against nature?" (pictured), concerning homosexuality in animals, drew international attention. "Can we forgive Darwin?", including the famous fossil Ida, opened in June 2009.