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Uppsala, 753 20
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Arts & Museums
This museum constitutes a tour through the history and culture of the Uppsala region. The fascinating collection of artifacts and documents highlights items whose history stretches back to the stone age, and temporary exhibitions shed light on the goings-on in the city and the surrounding region, both historically and from a more contemporary perspective.
The Linnaeus Garden Museum, housed inside The Linnaeus Garden gives you the details of Carl Linnaeus; a scientist and teacher who is known to have founded The Linnaeus Garden. The building in which the museum is located was the former house of the scientist. The museum has a display of his research equipments, his portraits, artifacts and other memorabilia. If you are interested in history of the very famous Linnaeus, this is a must visit.
This small museum, adjacent to the lovely Linneträdgård, is housed in the former residence of world-famous botanist Carl Linnaeus. It is organized so as to showcase his extraordinary life and long scientific career, and contains a wealth of artifacts that illuminate those works, including scientific instruments, documents, specimens and experiments.
This collection located close to the Central Station is a beautiful space with a breathtaking array of artworks on display. The collection consists largely of 19th-century paintings, but there is some sculpture and more modern pieces as well.
This building was the original home of the University, and is still owned by that institution, but is now a museum detailing the history of the college through the ages. There several galleries containing artifacts of some of the University's most famous alumni and professors, as well as insights into the history of the University in general. The well-preserved anatomical theater under the cupola is a must-see.
Konsthuset (Art House) is one of the most recent contemporary art galleries in town. The exhibition space is quite small with a rectangle shaped main room and several other smaller rooms, but that just adds to the ambiance. The people behind Konsthuset, Erik Hedman and Johanna Uddén, wanted to open a door for independent artists to express themselves without having to compromise their art for commercial success or money-driven institutions. The gallery also hosts workshops, seminars, poetry readings and other cultural events.
This museum, also known as the Museum for Communal Technology, is a fascinating facility for learning about the kind of science that is so integral to living together in the modern age and yet an oft-forgotten part of what we know about the places in which we do that living. Apart from hydrological systems, it also looks at power distribution, communications technology and other aspects of urban technology through the ages.
The Uppsala University library is the largest institution of its kind so far north in Sweden. Its nearly endless stacks of books, periodicals and videos provide a world of knowledge, both on general topics and on subjects of particular interest to those after the history and lore of Uppsala and its surroundings. There is a copious selection of books and other media in English as well as other languages like French and German as well as material for children.
This massive neo-classical library is a centerpiece of the inner city. It began as the University library and at the time was one of the grandest in Europe. The museum today is both a functioning library with a massive collection of historical books and documents (many in English or other languages) and also a museum of the library and the history of the city.
The Vasaborgen is Uppsala's wax museum. Housed in the dungeons of the Uppsala Slott castle, the exhibits center on the macabre, but there are some of the usual historical figures in the mode of Madame Tussaud's as well. There are also occasional parties and holiday celebrations here, usually themed to coincide with the museum's dark motif.
Located in the basement of Uppsala Castle, the Uppsala Peace Museum is Sweden's first museum of its kind and is dedicated to Nobel Peace Prize winner Dag Hammarskjöld, who actually used to live there. The main purpose is to educate adolescents about human rights, racism, discrimination, prejudice, moral courage and conflict resolution. This is after all, a country that ought to know about peace, considering that Sweden hasn't been at war in over 200 years. The exhibitions usually deal with topics such as the life of great freedom fighters and peace leaders or oppressed people throughout Swedish history.
Uppsala's castle was never a true fortress in the military sense, but long served as a residential palace for the royal family of Sweden. It is in some ways the analog of Versaille in France or Greenwich in England, though neither as grand nor as steeped in tumultuous history as either of those. It is open nearly every day for tours, and though a tour of the galleries and halls costs a modest fee, the grounds and gardens can be visited free of charge.