The University Gardens

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The University Gardens are Bergen's three botanical gardens.

The Museum Garden is the tranquil extension to the University Museum's iconic Natural History building in the city centre, and the Arboretum and Botanical Garden occupy an area of stunning natural beauty 23 km south of Bergen centre at Milde.

The gardens staff includes horticulturalists and academics at the University of Bergen (UiB). We curate and develop the collections in support of active research projects at the University Museum, within, and outside UiB. We also maintain landcapes and plants for their own beauty, contribute to conservation efforts by special efforts with endangered species, and cultivate material for use in events, outreach, and teaching. 

Take a break to wander through the green haven of the Museum garden in the middle of the city and attend a lunchtime tour. Or come to Milde and experience nature, lose yourself in the maze at the Botanical Garden. Follow us on social media and watch out for our regular special events at all three gardens.

We are open to the visiting public all year round and without entrance fees.

Fire risk
Brann i flere engangsgriller i en haug

No single-use barbecues at bathing sites

After several cases of fires started from disposable grills at the Grønevika and Sandholna bathing areas, Bergen municipality has now imposed a ban on the use of single-use grills. A communal grill has been set up which is available to all.

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Pencil drawings of foliage and mushrooms in black on white paper

The Arboretet Primstav: carving out seasonal markers

Bergen Arboretet’s gardeners and scientists sat together in a workshop in November 2022 to settle on a set of shared seasonal reference points.

Active in the gardens
stolpejegerne Elisabeth og Linn på tur i Arboretet

This year's "stolpejakt" is ready

Now this year's "stolpejakt" is well under way. We hope that the hunt will be for information and not just for posts.

Bilde av nyutdannede gartnere og lærere

New guides are ready for tours

The Arboretum and Bergen Botanical Garden have long wanted to have more guides to give tours of the collections at Milde.

Årringen 2020-2021

Årringen 2020-2021

The yearbook came out at the beginning of December, including a major article on forests and the history behind the many non-native conifers found in the Arboretum.

Cafe opening times

Icookkitchen (Botanic Garden): open every Saturday and Sunday from 11-17 (if there is no storm).

Blondehuset café (Arboretum): Sundays 11-15 open throughout October.


Open glasshouse
Open glasshouse