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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.

Hassel vinterknopp

Trees in winter mode

Identify tree species in winter from the buds and catkins that they developed last year in preparation for spring

Jubilee book – Bergen's Arboretum 1971–2021
Arboretet 50 år

Living Museum and Botanical Treasury. 50 years of the Arboretum at Milde

The Arboretum at Milde turns 50 years old. Half a century of painstakingly constructed collections, with national expertise in trees, shrubs, heather and roses, with beautiful, exciting and unexpected nature experiences, with recreation and time for reflection.

Vinner 2021

Photo competition 2021

The winners of the photo competition were announced at the autumn meeting of the friends of the Arboretum

Bergen Botanical Garden
Bergen botaniske hage

University's Botanic Garden celebrates 25 years

On Saturday 21 August 2021, the Bergen Botanical Garden turns 25. From the original site at the Natural History Museum (now the Museum Garden), the new garden was opened at Milde in 1996.

Cafe opening times


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