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New storage facility and new preparation lab

Did you know that the University Museum now boils carcasses of animals collected from all over Norway in a new state-of-the-art boiler room? The skeletal material is then incorporated into the Museum’s unique osteological collections, which is a part of the new zoological storage facilities in the Natural Science Building.

On Tuesday 19 March, the official opening of the preparation laboratory and the new storage facilities for the Museum’s zoological collection takes place at Realfagbygget, Natural Science Building. This is to mark the completion of an important part of the work to improve the working conditions at the scientific collections of the Museum.


The new storage facilities make room for the collections that previously were housed in the old museum building at Muséplass 3. The conditions for controlling humidity and temperatures there were insufficient. The new storage facilities equipped with the latest in air and temperature control, freezing treatment, and not least, fire protection, provide the very best of conditions for good collections management. See also previous article (in Norwegian) artikkel i Teknisk Ukeblad.

The new preparation laboratory in Realfagbygget fulfills many functions, including boiling, preparation, stuffing of animals, as well as treatment of marine material. In the boiler room, big and small animal carcasses are prepared for the Museum’s skeletal collections. At the same location, the new, state-of-the-art wet laboratory where fish and other types of marine material are being treated is housed.