Natural History Museum Aarhus is the second largest in Denmark. Its history dates back to 1911, when the Society for Natural History Jutland was founded. Over the next decade, the society managed to collect an impressive number of animals, especially birds and insects. In 1921, the first exhibition was opened to the public on the top floor of a nearby school. A board was appointed and a daily leader hired. However, more space was quickly needed, and in 1941 Aarhus Municipality sponsored the museum's current building in the University Park. It was enlarged in 1978.
Today, the museum has over 2500 sq.meters of public exhibitions.
Molslaboratoriet is the museum's research station in National Park Mols Bjerge, approx. 40 minutes' drive from the center of Aarhus.
Molslaboratoriet consists of the farm, Nedre Strandkær, and approx. 150 hectares of adjacent land. The area was donated to the museum in 1941 by Ellen Dahl, the sister of the world-famous writer, Karen Blixen. The farm was changed into a research station and a conference center.
Senior scientist Henning Pedersen was the leader of Molslaboratoriet for 38 years and became internationally renowned for his research in eco-systems, especially their structure and functions. Today, extensive research is still carried out as it is the natural habitat for a number of endangered species, but visitors are welcome to explore the marked trails.
Today, the farm accommodates 49 overnight visitors and have large and small conference rooms, free wifi, delicious food and wonderful nature all around.