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To book a course, click the ‘book’-button below your desired course. You need to book the course at least one week in advance.

For questions, booking changes, etc., you need to contact School service using this form. Also check out the list of frequently asked questions and answers here (link).

Entry: the entry fee at the museum is 25 DKK per student. Teachers get in for free. Payment can be made in cash or by EAN-invoice. For invoice, download a word-form here. Fill in, print, and hand over the form when you arrive at the museum.    
The fee covers both a course (this does not include DNA & life), and a prior or following visit to the museum the same day.

Geological Museum: we are in the process of re-developing the educational offers at Geological Museum. From January 2015 the courses are temporarily closed. Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest news on forthcoming offers.

Teaching in English: the School service also offers programs in English. To book a program with one of our English-speaking teachers, please contact the School service using this form (link).

DNA & life – Biodiversity and molecular biology

At the DNA & life course, the students actively engage in the mapping of fresh water fauna in Denmark by analyzing DNA from a fresh water sample collected by the students.

The program includes a full day visit at DNAlab where the students work hands-on with modern molecular biological methods and techniques developed by the researchers at the Natural History Museum.  

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DNAlab, Øster Farimagsgade 2D, entry E, 3rd floor – Biology and biotechnology – 6½ hour – 15-30 students – 100 DKK per student

The building blocks of evolution

The students observe, describe, and investigate turtles, crabs, anoles, frogs, cockroaches, fish, and horseshoe crabs. They formulate and verify hypotheses about the different species. The focal point of the course is the scientific methods used. The investigations form the basis of a discussion of the concepts of variation, selection, and evolution. The course ends with a tour through the evolution exhibition at the museum.  

Themes: variation; selection; evolution; scientific method; observation; description; investigation; error sources.

Zoological Museum – NV, Biology B and C – 90 minutes – Free when the entry fee is paid (25 DKK per student/free entry for teachers)

Evolution: From dinosaur to bird

How did the birds evolve – and from what did they evolve? What information do you get from a 145 million year old fossil?
The evolution of birds is exemplary to the understanding of evolution as a concept. During the course the students investigate and compare fossils from Archaeopteryx with skeletons from modern birds. Observations of the similarities and differences form the basis of a discussion of the evolutionary development of birds from dinosaurs. We begin and end with a tour through the museum exhibitions.    

Themes: evolution; adaptions; anatomy; fossils; dinosaurs; birds; feather; flight; aerodynamics; scientific method.

Zoological Museum – Biology A, B and C – 90 minutes – Free when the entry fee is paid (25 DKK per student/free entry for teachers)

In the footsteps of Darwin

What experiences and discoveries led Darwin to the theory of evolution – and how can we use Darwin’s ideas of variation and selection to describe and understand evolutionary processes and life around us?

The course takes place at the museum in the outstanding evolution exhibition where the students work independently with the many unique pieces found in the exhibition. Darwin’s life and travel is put into context with the evolutionary theory and the development of the theory. Knowledge of the concepts ‘natural selection’ and ‘natural variation’ is required for all students.

Themes: evolution; variation; selection; adaption; extinction; fossils; human evolution; emergence of whales; Charles Darwin; Beagle; origin of the species.       

Zoological Museum – Biology A - 120 minutes – Free when the entry fee is paid (25 DKK per student/free entry for teachers)

Human evolution

How much difference is there between Homo sapiens, the chimpanzee, and extinct human species – and how can we explain possible differences in the light of evolution?
In this course we describe and compare the skulls of anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens), the chimpanzee, Homo erectus, and Australopithecus afarensis. The investigations lead to a discussion of different aspects of human evolution. The course ends with a tour through the museum exhibitions.  

Themes: evolution; fossils; family tree; Homo sapiens; extinct human species; human apes; upright walking; adaption; anatomy; scientific method; error sources.

Zoological Museum – Biology A and B – 90 minutes – Free when the entry fee is paid (25 DKK per student/free entry for teachers)

Scientific method in practice

How can we learn more about nature? What is the scientific method?

In this course the students work with the scientific method in an active and reflecting way through observation, description, hypothesis formulation, hypothesis testing, and error source assessment. Using the scientific method, the students examine species and variation as a definite and authentic example. The course is particularly well suited for the basic course in science, and is also suited for Biology B and C.

Themes: scientific method; observation; description; hypothesis; investigation; error sources.

Zoological Museum – NV and Biology B and C – 120 minutes – Free when the entry fee is paid (25 DKK per student/free entry for teachers)