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Universitetsmuseet i Bergen

The University Museum of Bergen aims to do top quality research related to collections within Cultural and Natural History, some of the largest collections in Norway. We preserve and keep the collections in accordance with international standards and make the collections accessible to researchers and the society. The University Museum disseminates research-based knowledge, understanding and experience to the public. Research is a basic dimension of all activities, serving to forge the tools needed to create a better world for all.

The University Museum of Bergen is an arena offering science communication for the whole University of Bergen and is facilitating meeting points between academia and society.


Hypselodoris maritima, Penghu, Taiwan

Fieldtrip to Taiwan

Sampling on the periphery of the coral triangle

Professor Wranik (yellow coat) in action

Alien species

Collaborative work between the University of Rostock and the Natural History Museum of Bergen

Gåsenebbhval Espegrend

Scientists found 30 plastic bags in whale's stomach

A sick goose-beaked whale was found on the west coast of Norway. Its stomach was filled eith 30 plastic bags, and many smaller pieces of plastic. The whale was emaciated, and scientists believe that the plastic had gathered in such an amount in its stomach that it had created a plug, stopping the...

West African New Species of Gastropods

Museum scientists describe new species of gastropods from West Africa

Samples of gastropods collected along West Africa during the Nansen Project between 2005–2012 turn out to be new species to Science

Hespriholmen dokumentasjon

3D documentation of the stone quarry on Hespriholmen

From the greenstone quarry on the island Hespriholmen, 5 km west of Bømlo, greenstone for adze production has been extracted for at least 6000 years. Now this is being documented by photogrammetry, GIS and film.


Golden Lion Tamarin

The golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) belongs to the marmoset family. It lives high up in the canopies of Brazilian forests. It has a c. 40 cm long body and a c. 30 cm long tail.  They eat fruit and vegetables, but also insects and small animals. The habitats of lion tamarins are threatened by extensive felling of trees, and this wildlife species is now critically endangered. A golden lion tamarin is now on display at Lagunen Storsenter in Bergen. You may also visit online exhibits at: um.uib.no/popup