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10 of Uppsala's Top Museums

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Updated: 29 December 2017
For a relatively small city, Uppsala packs a punch when it comes to museums. This has a lot to do with the combination of being home to one of Europe’s top universities, which is itself home to a number of museums, and having a history that dates back to Viking times. Here are 10 of the best museums to seek out in Sweden’s fourth-largest city.

Museum of Evolution

The Museum of Evolution is all about natural history, with more than five million specimens in the collection. There are three sections to the museum: Botany, Palaeontology and Mineralogy and Zoology. Zoology is currently undergoing renovations, but should be reopened to the public in early 2018, and all three sections of the museum are open to both researchers and the general public.

Museum of Evolution, Norbyvägen 16, Uppsala, Sweden, +16 184712739

Linnaean Museum

Dedicated to the famed Swedish botanist Carl Linneaus, who is possibly the best-known Swedish scientist of all time, this museum celebrates his work on naming all flora and fauna, and also his work as a zoologist, geologist, doctor and philosopher. This is a fascinating museum that exposes you to the man himself and also to the enormous impact his work had, and continues to have, on the world.

Linnaean Museum, Svartbäcksgatan 27, Uppsala, Sweden, +46 18136540


Biotopia, also known as the Biological Museum, was entirely unique when it opened more than 100 years ago, in 1910. Showing animals in dioramas in their correct environments, the museum aimed to encourage curiosity and a desire to know more about animals and nature. The dioramas remain on show today, and the exhibitions, as well as the interactive elements, have continued to grow. It’s great fun for anyone interested in the natural world.

Biotopia, Vasagatan 4, Uppsala, Sweden, +46 187276370

Uppsala Art Museum

This museum offers Swedish and international contemporary art exhibitions, as well as programmes for schools, art classes for groups, tours and much more. It’s one of the best museums in Uppsala, particularly for art lovers, and there is always something happening here, no matter what your cultural needs.

Uppsala art museum