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Exhibition: The most important room on Earth

Exhibition: The most important room on Earth

‘Earth’s most important room’ is the title of a travelling exhibition about Svalbard Global Seed Vault that recently was inaugurated in Agder Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden in Kristiansand. Next display will be in Stavanger and then the exhibition will travel from south to north mainland and end up at Svalbard as a permanent exhibition there in 3-5 years’ time.

The exhibition is designed as a miniature seed vault, where visitors both inside and outside the construction can watch movies, examine seeds and read about conservation of plant genetic resources and about Svalbard and the quite unique Seed Vault. The exhibition includes practical exercises for visiting school classes.

The exhibition is so far produced in Norwegian only and oriented for the Norwegian audience, in order to increase public awareness about the vault in Norway. However, plans for making an English version for an international journey are discussed.

The exhibition is produced by Agder Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden and the company NaturExpo in Kristiansand. NaturExpo has produced the current Seed Vault exhibition in Svalbard Museum as well. The project has been funded from the Norwegian Ministry for Agriculture and Food with Svalbard Museum as the project manager.  NordGen has been the project employer and together with the Norwegian Genetic Resource Center, participated in the project group that has been responsible for information, wording and design. 


The persons are: Jarle Torkildsen, General Manager of Naturexpo, Roland von Bothmer, Professor, Public relations, Svalbard Global Seed Vault, NordGen,  Ann-Kristin Olsen (County Governor in Vest-Agder and former Governor of Svalbard) and Árni Bragason, Director of NordGen.