Research and Collections

Billede af dyr i sprit fra samlingerne


Picture of research at the museumOur place in the universe: Life, Earth, time & space. Our mission is to conduct interdisciplinary, collection-based research with the aim to expand our understanding of the geological, biological and environmental processes, which have shaped our planet and the life on it today.


Picture of whale skeletonsThe national natural history collections are the essential core of the museum. Collected over four centuries, the 14 million objects include skins and hides, skeletons, animals in jars with alcohol, insects on pins, plants on herbarium sheets, fossils, minerals, meteorites and more from all over the world. Additionally, the living collections of the Botanical Garden consists of around 10,000 plant species such as orchids, cacti, carnivorous plants and exotic trees. The collections are not open to the public.

Collections Portal

Billede af online samlingsportalThe Natural History Museum of Denmark has 14 million specimens collected over 400 years. Several hundred thousand objects are currently available online, showcasing biodiversity from around the world.

Conservation Unit Blog

Image of new museum buildingWelcome to our blog following the conservation unit as we prepare the exhibitions for the new museum building of the Natural History Museum of Denmark (NHMD). This blog will follow our team and our work preparing and conserving thousands of varied specimens, from a whale heart to a meteorite to a single leaf.