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The Orangery and the Lake Pond
The Orangery at Linnaeus Garden was built in 1744 and had three parts. It was Frigidarium, which was the coolest part and where plants were kept during winter, plants that were brought out during summer. In Caldarium it was warm and humid, and in Tepidarium it was hot and dry. During Linnaeus time there were also some foreign animals kept in the orangery.
After the botanical garden moved in the beginning of the 19th century the orangery was converted into a clubhouse for students. The walls were made more solid and the windows smaller, which they are still today.
In the orangery there is an exhibition on the garden’s history.
In the treasury
In the north tower of the cathedral there is a museum - the Treasury. The Treasury has an excellent collection of medieval textiles. Many of them are from the 15th century, but there are also some from the 13th century.
Other things you can see are the cloths worn by Svante, Nils and Erik Sture when they were murdered 1567 by king Erik XIV at Uppsala Castle.
Things have also been taken up from the royal tombs. You can see the funeral regalia of some kings and queens, crowns, Gustav Vasa's sword etc.
The cup in the picture is made in Germany in the beginning of the 16th century but came to Sweden during the Thirty Years War.
Entrance fee is 30 kr.
Uppsala Cathedral, Gustavianum and the castle
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.
Linnaeus Garden, Uppsala
While Carl Linnaeus was a professor at Uppsala University he was also head of the Botanical Garden (now the Linnaeus Garden). The garden was badly damaged by a fire in the beginning of the 18th century. When Linnaeus came to Uppsala he created a garden in a baroque style and it became a place were many students came to listen to his lectures and to see his demonstrations. In the garden there was an orangey, greenhouses and hotbeds. And the layout of the garden was very much the same as it is today with an area for perennial plants and another area with annual and biennial species. There were also, like in present time, three ponds with different humid environments, the river pond, the lake pond and the marsh pond.
In the garden it is only allowed to cultivate plants that were there in Linnaeus time.
Many years ago when I visited many times the entrance was free to visit the garden which I think is good if you want to come back during the summer to see what is in bloom for the moment or just walk around in this relaxing place, in the middle of Uppsala. Last time I visited the price to enter was 50 kr, but that also included the entrance to the museum.
The garden is open daily 1st May - 30th September, between 11 - 20.
Directions: Entrance from Svartbäcksgatan.
Phone: 018 - 471 28 38, 471 25 76
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
Uppland Country Museum
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 Linnaeus Museum, Uppsala
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).
Directions: In the corner of Svartbäcksgatan and Linnégatan.
Phone: 018 - 136540
Old Uppsala Church
Inside the church there are wall- and roof paintings from the 15th century. And you can see some artefacts from medieval time, for example a bishop’s seat, a wooden statue of Mary and the child and crucifixes. There are also some bridal crowns and cups, which are a few hundred years old.
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