Departments and research

The Department of Natural History (INH)

The Department of Natural History manages and contributes to the Museum’s natural history collections. The Department conducts research in biogeography, biosystematics, and ecology with an emphasis on conservation biology. The two botanical gardens, Ringve botanical garden and Kongsvoll Alpine Garden, form part of this department.

The Department of Archaeology and Cultural History (IAK)

The Department of Archaeology and Cultural History studies pre-historic, historic, maritime, and Sami archaeology. It conducts archaeological excavations in accordance with Norway’s Cultural Heritage Act. It hosts the Museum’s cultural heritage conservation laboratory, and is responsible for the cultural history collections, as well as teaching the professional archaeology programme.

The National Laboratory for Age Determination (NLD)

The National Laboratory for Age Determination dates archaeological, geological and organic material through radiocarbon dating (14C) and dendrochronology dating (tree-ring analysis). The department, which
was previously the Department of Archaeometry, changed its name in 2014. The laboratory is open and accepting commissions.

The Department of Public Outreach and Exhibitions (UPS)

The Department of Public Outreach and Exhibitions is responsible for producing and maintaining the Museum’s exhibitions, coordinating public events and school programmes, and other educational
offerings. The Department also manages the Museum Shop.