Gustavianum is the oldest standing building of Uppsala University. It was built between 1622 and 1625, and was used as the main building of the university between 1778 and 1887. Since 1997, it has been used as the university's museum.

Gustavianum in 2011
EtymologyNamed after Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden
General information
LocationUppsala, Sweden
AddressAkademigatan 3
Coordinates59°51′28.6″N 17°37′54.1″E / 59.857944°N 17.631694°E / 59.857944; 17.631694
Current tenantsMuseum Gustavianum
Construction started1622
ClientUppsala University
OwnerStatens fastighetsverk
Design and construction
Architect(s)Caspar van Panten (original structure)
Olaus Rudbeck (1662 expansion)

History edit

During the 16th century, Uppsala University was in decline, and by the latter part of the century tutoring had stopped almost entirely. During Uppsala Synod in 1593, however, there was an official decision to re-open the university. Due to the increasing number of students, the medieval university building Academia Carolina [sv] was no longer able to house the entire university; therefore, a second university structure became necessary.

Gustavianum was built between 1622 and 1625. The name Gustavianum comes from Gustavus Adolphus, who in the 1620s donated money for its construction. The building was designed by the Dutch architect Caspar van Panten [sv] and contained lecture halls, printing halls and housing for gifted students without means. In 1662, the professor of medicine and polymath, Olaus Rudbeck, significantly expanded the building by adding another floor, as well as constructing the theatrum anatomicum within a large cupola on its roof.[1] The anatomical theatre is today the second-oldest remaining anatomical theatre in the world.

The anatomical theatre was used until the 1750s, when more modern anatomical facilities were inaugurated in the neighbouring building, Konsistoriehuset. The cupola was instead used as the University Library until the construction of the current library Carolina Rediviva in 1841. The cupola was later used as a zoological museum. In 1955, the anatomical theatre was restored according Olaus Rudbeck's original design.[1]

During the 18th century, the building was renovated by the architect Carl Hårleman. After the demolition of Academia Carolina in 1778, Gustavianum became the main building of the university. It maintained this function until 1887, when University Hall was inaugurated. Teaching from the institutions of architecture, antiquity and Egyptology continued in the building until 1997, when it was rebuilt into a museum.[1]

Museum Gustavianum edit

Museum Gustavianum
EstablishedJune 17, 1997; 26 years ago (June 17, 1997)
LocationAkademigatan 3, Uppsala, Sweden
Visitors82 539 (2016)[2]
DirectorMarika Hedin

Museum Gustavianum was inaugurated by King Carl XVI Gustaf on 17 June 1997. As the university museum, all of the exhibited objects are part of the university's collection. In 2016, the museum attracted 82,539 visitors.[2]

The museum has five permanent exhibitions:

  • The Anatomical Theatre, containing the theatre itself together with objects concerning Uppsala's medicinal history
  • The Augsburg Art Cabinet, a 17th-century cabinet of curiosities containing approximately 1,000 different artifacts
  • The Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of the Nile, containing objects from classical antiquity, most of them being excavated by Uppsala University archaeologists
  • Uppsala University history containing lecture note from the first semester of the university in 1477 and exhibitions concerning Uppsala scientists such as Carl von Linne, Anders Celsius and Nils von Rosenstein
  • Valsgärde. The Vendel Period - The Viking Age, containing objects excavated from the burial field in Valsgärde, approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north of Uppsala, which was used from the 6th to the 11th century.

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Gustavianum. The History of the Building Archived 2019-07-20 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved February 21, 2017.)
  2. ^ a b Riksförbundet Sveriges museer (January 13, 2017). ”Landets museer slog nytt besöksrekord 2016”. (Swedish) (Retrieved February 21, 2017)

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