Our research and scientific collections

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Foto: Karsten Sund/Naturhistorisk museum

60+ scientists and curators

6.2 million collection specimens

120+ publications annually

Natural diversity is the main theme for all research at the Natural History Museum. This encompasses biological and geological research describing the diversity and variation in nature, and aims to explaining the processes creating this diversity. 

The scientific collections are the main basis for the research conducted at the museum. They comprise 6.2 million specimens, representing 65% of the nation's total number of natural history objects, and have been collected over the last 200 years.

Explore our collections

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Learn more about our collections comprising 6.2 million objects and their importance for research and reference. 

Research infrastructure

Labs, digital collections databases and a DNA bank are available at the museum. 


The museum research staff publishes 120+ scientific publications annually, along with reports, books and various outreach activities. The museum also hosts one journal in botany and edit its own report series. 

Latest publications, reports and books by our staff