Norwegian version of this page

Research infrastructure

Research facilities and services provided at the museum, including databases, labs and a DNA bank. 


We offer cost efficient solutions for non-model organism genomics for both internal and external research projects.

DNA Bank

The largest non-human DNA bank in Norway, open for loans to the general scientific community

Geo Lab

Specializes in imaging, chemical and structural characterization of geological materials.

Digital collection databases and software

GBIF Norway

Natural History Museum is hosting the national node of Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). GBIF aims at making data on global diversity available online. 

Past 4 – analysis software

Image may contain: Chambered nautilus, Sea snail, Cephalopod, Nautilus, Molluscs.

Past is free software for scientific data analysis, with functions for data manipulation, plotting, univariate and multivariate statistics, ecological analysis, time series and spatial analysis, morphometrics and stratigraphy.

The bird collection

Contains about 100,000 objects preserved for scientific use, including whole skins, skeletons and bones, eggs, sperm cells, as well as tissue, blood or DNA for molecular analyses. 

The bryology database

The museum's bryophyte herbarium comprises 150,000 specimens from Norway, a general herbarium (ca. 75,000), a type herbarium with ca. 100 types and a collection of older exsiccata.

The Garden explorer

All the plants in the Botanical Garden have digital entries in the Garden Explorer. Here you can find more information on you favorite plant and where you can find it in the garden. 

The lichen herbarium

Search the Norwegian Lichen Database for collected specimens and observations. More than 300,000 records from 17 primary databases. Search results presented in maps, lists, or tables.

The mycology herbarium

The mycological herbarium at the museum consists of a Nordic herbarium (230.000 specimens), a foreign herbarium (45,000), a type herbarium (ca. 720) and a collection of exsiccatae (30,000).

Previously available collection databases

Natural History Museum Library

Our library is temporarily closed due to renovation. Until a new library is completed in 2021, you can order material through