Natural History Museum Oslo

Oslo, Norway

The Natural History Museum in Oslo has opened a new geological exhibition covering over 2000 sqm. On four floors, explaining Earth's history and life's evolution. The exhibition's lead designer, Atelier Brückner, teamed up with Gagarin to develop unique, innovative exhibits with modern storytelling in the grand old historical building housing the museum.

The Gagarin team delivered 27 interactive installations in close collaboration with museum scientists and lecturers with expertise in every theme. More than 2500 objects from the extensive university collections are on display.

Gagarín's closest partners in the project were Upptekið (sound), Wow-How (content provider), Zoic srl Trieste (content provider), and United Screens (hardware).

Video: Christian Kroh

One month after opening, the Museum of Natural History had 30,600 visitors. That is three times more than the average in recent years, and an all-time high for any month in the museum's history. Natural History Museum Oslo

Ida: On a screen, the visitor can "excavate" the primate Ida by rubbing the screen

Ida wakes up

Formation of oil and geology of Norway: A circular table, the spinning of which can teach visitors about the geological history of Norway: how it changed from 500 million years ago to today. Photo: Marcus Sies

Formation of oil and geology of Norway

Formation of oil and geology of Norway

Drill core: Interactive screens slide along a 7,55m long replica of a drill core on either side. The screens scan the drill core and teach the visitor what they are looking at and how we use those values to determine ecosystems of past periods.

Drill core: UI

Nine physical globes have AR binoculars pointed at them in which the visitor can see explicit content of Segregation, Magnetic field around the earth, Tectonics, Earth’s interior, Atmosphere, Oceans, Photosynthesis, Earth’s orbit and all of them together in Earth’s Systems.

Dynamic Earth: Ocean

Dynamic Earth: Magnetic field around the earth

Cambrian Explosion idle mode

4.5 billion years of natural history: The Natural History Museum in Oslo (Naturhistorisk Museum) offers the largest geological and anthropological exhibition in the Nordic countries

How was the solar system formed: Turning a knob on a balustrade allows the visitor to spin through the event that created the Earth and the Moon, demonstrating the collision between Proto-Earth and Theia.

How was the solar system formed

Green House: The installation allows the visitor to inject virtual air into a screen using two real mechanical valves with sensors and a switch on a virtual heater below the screen.

Green House: The screen shows a real-time fluid dynamics simulation of how these elements interact.