The University Gardens

Leucojum at the Arboretum

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, swim at Grønevika, and have an ice cream at our cafe at Blondehuset on Sundays in the summer. 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.

Bergen Botanical Garden
Kafe i botanisk hage

New Cafe at the Botanical Garden

"Icookpopup" is the new cafe at Bergen Botanical Garden.


New look Rhododendron signs – with online extras!

The rhododendron collection in Nydalen has received new signs with QR codes. More collections will follow.

Bergen botanical garden
Vågelva, Botanisk hage

Sea trout return to better conditions in Vågelva

On Thursday 1 October, the City Councilor for Climate, Environment and Urban Development, Thor Hakkon Bakke, will reopen Vågelva after an extensive clean-up. Now we welcome sea trout back to Vågelva to spawn.


International recognition for the University Gardens

The University Gardens have received official accreditation from Botanic Gardens Conservation International as conforming to the highest international standards.