Exhibitions

Natuarma Svendborg

Naturama conveys natural history in a new and exciting way. Using modern technology we have created the most advanced natural history museum in Northern Europe. Animals and birds by sea, land and air are staged in a nature theatre with changing light, advanced sound, beautiful films and pictures.

Naturama’s exhibition consists of three levels: Water, Land and Air. The three floors are very different but still hang together. Like nature outside of the museum. First you dive down to the giants of the sea and Denmark’s largest exhibition of whale skeletons and casts. Then you pat the baby bear and get close to musk oxen, elks and bears on the catwalk. Finally, you walk among more than 500 birds and stare deep into the eyes of the white-tailed eagle.

The exhibition focus on Northern Europe’s wildlife based on the birds and mammals which are associated to the European lowlands. On the Water Level are marine mammals - primarily whales - that live in the North Atlantic.

On the three exhibition levels you can search for an abundance of information in English about the animals in Naturama. Find out how much a brown bear weighs or what the sei whale eats.

The giants of the sea
On Water Level, the universe of the deep is recreated with varying lights and sound scenarios. You will find Denmark’s largest exhibition of whale skeletons and beautiful casts. Every 20 minutes a beautiful whale film is shown with cuts from BBC's "The Blue Planet". The film lasts approx. 7 minutes.

On Water Level Naturama’s main attraction is also seen: The skeleton of the sei whale, which got lost in Svendborg Strait in 1955. The skeleton is a full 16 metres long and weighs 2 tons. The sei whale stranded near Troense on Taasinge, May 1955. Troense is approx. a 10 min. drive from Svendborg. Falck tried to save the whale but in vain. It was shot, the skeleton was cleaned and then exhibited in the museum. In the flesh, the sei whale was 18 metres long and weighed 20 tons.

Nordic mammals on the catwalk
On Land Level the forest mammals of Northern Europe go catwalk. All the animals are attached to the Danish fauna. Many of the animals still exist in Denmark, some have disappeared from Denmark while others are on their way to migrate here.

Using advanced lighting and impressive sound effects, a 24 hour day is staged. During the course of 1½ hours, the animals are experienced from sunrise to night time under the starry sky. During this, the sound of rain and thunderstorm is heard, while different animal films appear on the walls.

On Land Level there are royal animals on the podium: The large fallow buck is one of the most majestic fallow deer which has been seen in Jaegersborg Deer Park, near Copenhagen on Zealand. It was shot and donated by His Royal Highness Prince Henrik. On the same podium stands the bull moose, which was shot and donated by the Swedish King Gustav V and a stag, which was shot and donated by King Christian X.

Northern Europe’s bird world
On Air Level, more than 500 birds are exhibited. Experience Europe’s smallest bird, the goldcrest, side by side with the large white-tailed eagle. From 7 grams to 7 kg. The 500 birds in the glass showcases have all been under the loving care of Naturama’s taxidermist. It took almost 2 years to build the showcases. All the birds have been combed and groomed with tweezers. They have been frozen at minus 87 degrees celsius to avoid vermin in the feathers.

Sejhvalen med mand foran 

Three favourite animals in the exhibition
The exhibition includes more than 100 exhibits of mammals and birds, but three of them stand out:

The small bear, which children and adults will pass on their way from Water to Land Level. It can and must be patted, fondled and cuddled. And it has been, to such an extent that we had to replace the first small bear with a new one in 2013.

The large skeleton of the sei whale which welcomes all the guests. It stranded near Troense on Taasinge in 1955 and more than 10,000 people flocked to follow its struggle for survival. However it had to be put down by the Danish military and its skeleton got subsequently cleaned. The museum director at the time, Harald Thomsen, secured the 2 tons whale skeleton, which in the old days had its own exhibition building. Today it has the place of honor in Naturama.

The great polar bear is impressive with its height of 257 cm, huge paws and a beautiful white coat. The polar bear is a popular photo subject.

Opening in 2005
Naturama is built next to Svendborg Zoological Museum from 1935, founded by Harald Thomsen. Queen Margrethe and Prince Henrik laid the foundation stone on 3 September 2003. The stone can be seen near the reception counter. Naturama was inaugurated on 18 April 2005.