Against Nature?

Against Nature? is an exhibition on animal homosexuality taking place in The Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway. The exhibition focuses on occurrence and function of homosexuality among animals, and is the first of its kind.

The exhibit contains stuffed animals of species known to engage in homosexuality, models and pictures, showing among other things southern right whales and giraffes engaged in same-sex pairing. The museum says one of its aims is to "help to de-mystify homosexuality among people... we hope to reject the all too well known argument that homosexual behaviour is a crime against nature." Most of the exhibition is based on the works of Bruce Bagemihl and Joan Roughgarden.

The exhibition was initiated by ABM, the Norwegian Archive, Library and Museum Authority as part of their "Break" program, encouraging museums, libraries and archives to do research and exhibitions of controversial and taboo subjects. The exhibition is a direct answer to this challenge, and has received financial support from ABM.

The exhibition ran from September 2006 to August 2007. It was well received, including by the museums regular visiting groups, mainly families. Several other natural history museums has expressed interest in the exhibition, and there are plans to exhibit it in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and Australia.

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