Carl Linnaeus (known in Sweden as Carl Von Linné, which is the noble name he granted in 1757) is a well known Swedish person also outside Sweden, even though he lived long ago, 1707 - 1778.
Carl Linnaeus was a professor of medicine and botany at Uppsala University. He is famous for having developed a classification of the plant kingdom where each species has a double name (genus and species), a binary nomenclature. His system is still used all over the world.
As a professor Linnaeus and his family lived in the house situated next to the botanical garden (now Linnaeus Garden). The Linnaeus Museum has been situated in the house since 1937. In the museum you can see how the family lived and on display are many items which have belonged to Linnaeus and his family. There are furniture, textiles, art, porcelain and a medicine chest among other things. There are also objects which Linnaeus collected during journeys and from his botanical studies.
Last time I visited the museum was in May 2007, during the celebration week of Linnaeus 300 year anniversary. Normally the museum opens for the season in June and closes in mid September. It is open 12 - 16.
Entrance fee is 50 kr (May 2007).
The museum is housed in an old watermill from 1760, by the River Fyris.
In the museum you can see exhibitions of the history of Uppsala, the natural history of Uppland, folk music and folk art (old hand painted cupboards etc).
There are also temporary exhibitions. When I was there one was about the Air Force base in Uppsala and its history (and from now it is only history). Another exhibition was about the Battle of Good Friday, 1520. A couple of years ago a mass grave was found below the castle, and it turned out to be from the battle of 1520. The exhibition shows what happened in 1520 and around that time and it shows how the archaeologists and osteolog have worked and their result.
All signs are in Swedish but I saw on the upper floor that there are English guides to read, about the things displayed.
Entance is free.
It is opened Tuesday - Sunday, 12 - 17.
The Art Museum is located in the old castle of Uppsala, in a historical environment. The museum has both temporary and permanent exhibitions. For example it has Swedish works from 1960s and 70s and regional paintings and ceramics. On the 3rd floor there are paintings dating from the 14th century to 1850 displayed in two big rooms of the castle. One of the rooms was in the 16th century built as a chapel and the stucco work can still be seen today, even though a bit damaged.
Entrance fee is 30 kr.
The museum is open: 12 - 16 Tue - Fri, 11 - 17 Sat - Sun
Don't miss this little museum on one side of the cathedral. It's just great. It has what they say was the first "Medical Operation Room" in the world...they have a huge black box with what they thought at the time (early 1000's I think) was the whole human knowledge "in a box" hehe...great place to see.
Don't miss this little museum on one side of the cathedral. It's just great. It has what they say was the first "Medical Operation Room" in the world...they have a huge black box with what they thought at the time (early 1000's I think) was the whole human knowledge "in a box" hehe...great place to see. Definitely worth going.