Built in 1625, the Museum Gustavianum was the original wing of Uppsala University. Today, it is regarded as Uppsala’s premier museum, housing the Museum of Nordic Antiquities, the Victoria Museum of Egyptian antiquities and the University's cultural history collections.
Guests staying at the Park Inn by Radisson Uppsala could not be closer to the Museum Gustavianum, which is less than a fifteen minute walk away. Guests can enjoy a restorative night’s sleep in the superior beds in this stylish hotel in Uppsala
before setting off for one of the most visual and fun history lessons they will ever have.
What to see at Uppsala’s oldest museum
While the building is still used for some lectures, it primarily functions as a museum. Guests can cast their eyes over student lecture notes dating back to 1477, important archaeological artefacts telling the story of Sweden’s history and the intriguing, gemstone-studded Augsburg Cabinet of Curiosities. This piece was a gift to King Gustav II Adolf of Augsburg in Germany in 1632, which he used to showcase his exotic trinkets.
One of the most fascinating things to see is the perfectly preserved 17th century ancient anatomical theatre, one of only seven in the world which uses just natural light. Astronomy enthusiasts are in for a treat here: the Museum Gustavianum is home to the very oldest achromatic telescope and a book belonging to Renaissance-era astronomer Copernicus.
The Park Inn by Radisson Uppsala
Back in the comfort of their hotel in Uppsala
, Sweden, guests can treat themselves to one of the city’s best restaurants: the Hantverket. Quintessentially Swedish décor, coupled with a fantastic wine list, handmade treats like decadent chocolate truffles and dishes inspired by Sweden’s global influences like a hearty goulash make this the perfect place to relax after a day at the Gustavianum Museum.