Museum of University History

The Museum of University History (MUV) has been assigned the task of disseminating, documenting, preserving and researching the heritage of the University of Oslo (UiO) and the history of science in Norway.


Founded in 1811, the University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest university and has played an important role in Norwegian history. It has been a key institution for research, higher education, the development of professions and social elites, as well as an arena for political, cultural and social tensions.

MUV aims to shed light on this great historical diversity and make it relevant to the present and future. Universities, science and research-based knowledge, expertise and technologies play a key role in shaping the world we live in. We believe that historical insight into our academic heritage helps uphold an informed public debate about science and its societal role.

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History of the University of Oslo






The University of Oslo was founded in 1811. Until 1946 it was the only university in Norway. The university had a central role in the building of the nation. The history about the University of Oslo is also the history about Norway.

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The University’s collections have been created for or are the result of research and teaching. The objects are important for our understanding of the history of the University of Oslo, and the history of scholarship in general.

Read more and seach in Our databases


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We aim to develop socially relevant research projects that combine MUV’s three tasks of managing, disseminating and researching the University’s historical Legacy.

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Contact information

Visiting address

Kristian Ottosens hus (map)
Problemveien 9

Mail address

P.O. Box 1077
0316 OSLO

Phone, e-mail

+47 22857945




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