Nature Archive

  • The moving project signing out

    The moving project signing out

    The moving project has come to an end. The project is closing down for now, having successfully emptied the Natural History building on Musèplassen 3. The endeavor has taken more than three years to complete and included many different challenges, but they have all been met by the team of conservators in good spirit. To […]

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  • The moving project hits rock bottom

    The moving project hits rock bottom

    The team has begun moving a geological collection out, as the last stage of emptying the natural history museum. The geological samples were housed in the basement and had not been curated for many years. The basement wasn’t suited for storing museum objects which became obvious when looking at some of the samples. Especially pyrite […]

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  • Mummified whales and exotic rocks

    Mummified whales and exotic rocks

    The moving project started 2015 with the last stage of emptying the Natural History Museum. The collections left are exotic birds on display and geology both the mineral exhibition and a mixed geology collection in the basement. Undertaking this last part of the packing has given us a few reminders, for example to look through […]

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  • Massive move – part two

    Massive move – part two

    As promised this week’s post is about how we got the big animals out a window. All mounted animals were secured to a pallet and cowered with plastic. Approximately 60 animals had to be moved out within a week. There wasn’t room for all the animals in our own climatically stable freezer. Instead we got […]

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  • Massive move – part one

    Massive move – part one

    In the past five months we have been preparing to move out the big animals. To summarize the process we’ve made this short video. To view the video click here or on the link below: Next week we will release a video on the move it self!

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  • Packed for a journey

    Packed for a journey

    The big animals are almost ready to go out the window in one week’s time. The last preparations are in progress and have turned up a few challenges. Doors, windows and trucks only come in certain sizes, and the route through the museum has its limitations when it comes to width and height. Furthermore, some […]

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  • SHARK!!!!


    Autumn is approaching, the days are growing shorter and time is closing in on moving the big animals from the museum exhibition. The conservators on the moving project have, in association with the construction firm currently renovating the south wing of the museum, scheduled to move the “oversized mounts” out a window by crane in […]

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  • Elephantastic!


    The moving project has taken on the big animals at the museum as we mentioned in an earlier blogpost. Unfortunately for us the big animals include a stuffed African elephant. The elephant is not that big (for being an African elephant) but it’s very heavy! What the stuffing material is made of is unknown but […]

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  • Big animals – Big deal!

    Big animals – Big deal!

    The moving team has taken on the challenge of preparing the move of large animals from the closed museum. The animals are so big, they have to be cleaned in the museum and from there go directly to a freezing facility and storage. One of the smaller exhibition rooms has been converted into a cleaning […]

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  • Deflowering


    The moving project started on dismounting the 1th store exhibitions at the Natural History Museum.  We began with the botanical displays consisting of enlarged models of flowers and dried specimens. The objects here are generally very fragile and need delicate handling with only a few things in each box and lots of padding material.   […]

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