Deadly trade Photo: Åge Hojem, NTNU University Museum

Deadly trade - how illegal trade can threaten species’ existence

Due to preparation for the opening of BODY WORLDS Vital the 6th of June, the last chance to see Deadly trade will be April 23rd. The exhibition will reopen in the fall.

The poaching of rhinos and elephants is a growing problem, which is why rhinos are central in this exhibition.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) protects 35,000 species worldwide. It is important in regulating trade in endangered species, as well as providing regulations to protect living species that are not currently threatened, with regards to species populations and ecosystems in both exporting and importing countries.

This exhibition addresses the themes of  “CITES”, “The black market”, “Wildlife crime and endangered species”, “Wood from the rainforest” and “International trade in plants – it’s permitted if you do it right.” The exhibition displays include hornbills, Apollo butterflies, mongooses and white gyrfalcons. It also includes examples of commonly traded objects and products from endangered species, which are on loan from the Norwegian Environment Agency.

The exhibition is a collaboration with the Environment Agency, with financial support from both the Environment Agency and the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS).

Rhino. Photo: Per Gätzschmann, NTNU University Museum

Photo: Åge Hojem, NTNU University Museum

Ticket prices



  • Adults NOK 240
  • Families, ( 2 adults + 2 children) NOK 660,-
  • Children, Pupils, Students nok 150
  • Individuals providing assistance to disabled people: Free
  • Children from year 0 to 5 years old: Free
  • Teachers and kindergarten employees with groups contact

Please note the time of entrance on the ticket. You may stay in the exhibition until 18:00, but you must enter in the time slot your ticket is valid for. Purchased tickets are not refundable.


The medieval and Southern Sami exhibition is closed 1/8-21/8 due to construction work

Medieval and Southern Sami

  • Adults NOK 60
  • Senior citizens/concessions: NOK  30
    (67 years old or more) 
  • Children up to 18 years old: Free
  • Individuals providing assistance to disabled people: Free
  • NTNU Employees and students: Free
  • Teachers and kindergarten employees with groups: Free