New Museum – University of Copenhagen

A New Natural History Museum

In 2020, a brand new national museum of natural history will open in the Botanical Garden, in the very heart of Copenhagen. The project exudes respect for the Garden, which is the subject of a preservation order, and most of the new structure is underground.

Old and new buildings

Designed by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects, architect Claus Pryds and landscape architect Professor Steen Høyer, the new Natural History Museum of Denmark will combine old and new buildings and merge into a beautiful synthesis with the Botanical Garden.

Relocated to the Botanical Garden

At present, the Natural History Museum of Denmark consists of the Zoological Museum, the Geological Museum and the Botanical Garden. By the time the new museum opens in 2020, all of the Zoological Museum’s collections, exhibitions and research will have relocated to the Botanical Garden. The current premises of the Geological Museum will be part of the new museum.


The new museum will cost approximately DKK 950 million. Together, the Villum Foundation, the Obel Family Foundation, the Novo Nordisk Foundation, and the Aage and Johanne Louis-Hansen Foundation will account for DKK 550 million of the construction costs, with the remainder coming from the University of Copenhagen (DKK 300m) and the government (DKK 100m).

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