Cultural history collections

Stone Age artefact Photo: Geir Mogen.Our cultural history collections include objects from the cultural life of humans throughout the ages. The collections cover archaeological and cultural history objects from the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, the Middle Ages and more recent times.


Zoological collections

Dag Dolmen with turtle Photo: Geir Mogen.Natural history collections form the basis for the understanding of biologic diversity and the history of life.The zoological collections comprises of approximately 960.000 tubes and vials. These are held in different storages differentiated by curatorial standards, preservation method and size.


Botanical collections

Vibekke Vange with the living collections at Ringve Botanical Garden Photo: Geir Mogen.The botanical collections is our knowledge base of what botanical organisms that were and are found in Norway. They form the basis for research in taxonomy and systematics, biogeography, conservation biology and environmental conditions.



Geology collection

Part of the Hammer collection Photo: Karstein Hårsaker.The NTNU University Museum's geology collection has a collection of minerals, rocks and fossils which are among the first collected museum objects in Norway.

Browse databases

Collections of coins and medals in Norwegian University Museums

This data portal gives access to the digitised parts of the coin and medal collections of the university museums of Norway and the collection of medals from Norges Bank (the central bank of Norway).

An online bibliography of the Chironomidae

A database on works with content found or (in exceptional cases) assumed to pertain significantly to the fly family Chironomidae. The database is continually updated and registered users may add new references.

Species Map Service (Artskart)

The Species Map Service is a mapping service where users can search for Norwegian species and see where they have been observed throughout Norway and Svalbard.

GBIF - Global Biodiversity Information Facility

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is an international open data portal that allows anyone, anywhere to access data about all types of life on Earth. The GBIF currently has approximately 540 million data records. 

The Revita project

The Revita project is the museum's 10 year plan to protect and preserve the scientific collections as well as make them available.

Availability and Ethics

The collections are largly digitalised. The collection databases are developed in cooperation with MUSIT, the museums' IT organisation.

Collection activities at the NTNU University Museum are conducted according to the ethical rules of ICOM, The International Council of Museums.

Among the collections are:

  • Vascular plant and moss herbaria, both of which are adding new specimens yearly and actively used in research.
  • A limnic invertebrate collection that is one of the museum's most active zoological collections. It includes documentation of changes over time associated with dam building and regulation of Norway's watersheds.
  • An insect collection of species from Norway and of threatened or endangered insects from abroad, which has particular value for on-going genetic studies.
  • A collection of church art, which includes one of the world's largest collections of painted religious sculptures from the late Middle Ages, collected during the 19th centuries.
  • A skeleton collection, with one of the best preserved collections of human skeletons from the Middle Ages in Europe.
  • A coin collection, comprised of Norway's second largest numismatic collection, which includes some of the most important finds of coins from the Viking and Middle Ages.
  • A Southern Sami ethnographic collection, one of the largest in the world, collected in the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Two botanical gardens, one in Trondheim and one in the Dovre mountains, roughly three hours south of Trondheim. The Ringve botanical garden in Trondheim provides a 32-acre common-garden setting for, among other things, trees and shrubs assembled from across the northern regions of the globe. The Kongsvoll alpine garden is a unique botanical collection at 1000 m above sea level, composed of native plants from the Dovrefjell region. Both gardens are open to the public.