Gustavianum is a quite small Museum in Uppsala. Gustavianum is the former main building of Uppsala University, built 1622–1625 and named after King Gustavus Adolphus. Under the cupola is the theatrum anatomicum, the second oldest in the world added to the building in the mid 17th century by Olaus Rudbeck, professor of medicine and amateur architect, among other things.
Although still used for lectures and conferences, most of Gustavianum functions as a museum (Museum Gustavianum), including exhibitions of objects from the university collections of Classical, Egyptian and Nordic antiquities, as well as an exhibition on the history of science and the history of Uppsala University. The Augsburg art cabinet, the best preserved of the Kunstschränke made by Philipp Hainhofer, which was given to Gustavus Adolphus in 1632 by the City of Augsburg, is on display in the Gustavianum.
The Museum has an excellent science collection of very old telescopes of Celsius and other astronomers, the oldest achromatic telescope, a book with Copernicus notes on solar eclipses, an important Lineus exhibition and currently an exhibition of the oldest known astronomical instrument and computer, the Antikythera Mechanism.
Gustavianum is one of those peculiar museums with a mix of things. It is housed in the university's oldest building and mainly famous for its anatomical theatre (see the cupola), used for centuries by medical students. However, there is also an exhibition on coins, Uppsala university as a whole and one on the old Egypt. Temporary exhibitions can be about various times in Swedish history for instance.
On display in Sweden's oldest university building, dating from the 1620s, are the university's collections and collections pertaining to the history of science. This Museum is worth visiting.
The museum 'Gustavianum is the oldest university building in Sweden, Gustavianum hosts different exibitions. There is for example one about the Swedish stone and middle ages.
The old 'Anatomical Theatre', a narrow, steep ammphitheatre-shaped room was once a lecture-hall where otoptsys were performed before an audience of doctors-to-be. This is supposedly one of very few anatomical theatres remaining in Europe. There is one in Italy too, somewhere (Naples?).
The Gustavianum museum is also home to Uppsalas only mummy.
The building itself is a sight too.
The Museum Gustavianum has a curious collection of old things and not just the staff! Gaze in awe at the Augsburg Cabinet containing even more objects than my girlfriend’s handbag. Get creped out in the anatomical theatre where observing the dissection of criminals proved popular entertainment prior to Uppsala getting cinema. Don’t miss the mummified cat and alligator presumably part of the economy burial package;)
Museum Gustavianum was built in the 1620's and hosts a permanent exhibition of the history of Uppsala University. The museum hosts exhibitions about Sweden's prehistoric and medieval ages and the university's collection of Greece, Rom, Nubia (a region in the south of Egypt, along the Nile and in northern Sudan [from Wikipedia]) and Egypt, the Physics Cabinet, the Anatomical Theater, the Augsburg Art Cabinet and temporary exhibitions.
Practical info: open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-4pm, guided tours on Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm. The entrance fee is 40 SEK for an adult ticket, 30 SEK for students and pensioners and free for children up to 12 years of age.
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At Gustavianum there are also temporary exhibitions. When I was there you could also see glittering colourful cribs from Krakow. The all have two tall church towers, the religious motif with the new born Jesus and a secular motif.
In the picture you can see buildings from Uppsala.
You can see the exhibition until the 1st of February.
Opposite the cathedral is Gustavianum, one of the University’s oldest buildings. The museum has got several different exhibitions.
You can learn about the University’s history from 1477 until today. One of the highlights in the museum is the Augsburg Art Cabinet that was given to king Gustav II Adolf when he was in Germany during the Thirty Years War. In one room you can see objects from ancient Nubia, Egypt, Greece and Cyprus.
On the upper floor there is an Anatomical Theatre which was used before for autopsy while the medical students were watching.
Entrance fee is 40 kr.
The museum is open Tuesday - Sunday between 11 - 16.
There is the Gustavianum opposite to the Cathedral. The Gustavianum is the oldest building of the Uppsala university, the first in Scandinavia.
The university was established in 1477. The building was constructed in 1625. The university museum and the museum of northern antiques are located in this building now.
May - September: 11.00-17.00, September - April: Tuesday - Sunday 11.00-16.00
The Museum is open during these timings:
Tues-Sun 11am-4pm. Guided tours Sat-Sun Eng 1pm, Children's tour Sat-Sun 2 pm, wed 3pm. Groups are always welcomed for making reservations for other times.
SEK 40, students and seniors SEK 30, free admission up to 12 in the company of an adult.
The high points of this Museum are the anatomical theater and the Augsburg art cabinet. There are also archeological exhibits on Sweden's ancient and medieval history, as well as excavation material from the Mediterannean and the Nile valley.
For more details and Picture from inside the museum please go to travelogues.
On display in Sweden's oldest university building, dating from the 1620s, are the university's collections and collections pertaining to the history of science. The high points are the anatomical theater and the Augsburg art cabinet. There are also archeological exhibits on Sweden's ancient and medieval history, as well as excavation material from the Mediterannean and the Nile valley.