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New Natural History Museum to Open in 2020

The entrance to the new museum. At the top of the glass roof, a colossal whale skeleton floats, visible from a distance both night and day. Illustration: University of Copenhagen.

The University of Copenhagen announced today that it expects to open the new Natural History Museum of Denmark in 2020.

The new national museum will be located in the Botanical Garden in the heart of Copenhagen and integrates the Zoological Museum, Geological Museum and Botanical Museum and Library into one outstanding international museum that will enable the study of large whales, exotic plants and rare meteorites. Visitors will also be able to greet the latest addition to the Museum collection: Misty, the diplodocus dinosaur.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has granted DKK 100 million (€13.4 million) to co-fund the establishment of the Museum, which is also receiving financial support from the Villum Foundation, the Obel Family Foundation, the Aage & Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, the University of Denmark and the Government of Denmark. Constructing the Museum will cost DKK 950 million (€128 million).

Ralf Hemmingsen, Rector of the University of Copenhagen, says: “Thanks to the generous donations of these foundations, the University of Copenhagen will be able to significantly enhance the dissemination, research and teaching in the natural sciences.”

When the new museum opens its doors in 2020 it will house one of the world’s top 10 natural history collections.

Read more about the museum here.

Read the press release from the University of Copenhagen here.