The Art Collection

Uppsala University's art collection is one of the largest in Sweden. It contains objects created in various techniques and materials, dating from the Middle Ages to our own time, and includes paintings and drawings, sculptures, arts and crafts, woven tapestries and furniture. Portraits form a significant part of the collection.

Where does the collection come from?

Swedish art dominates, but there are also many examples of European art from different periods. The bulk of the collection has come to the University through donations. The collection has also grown through purchases and portrait commissions.

Highlights of the collection

The unique art cabinet from Augsburg is one of the most famous objects. The collection also contains many important paintings from different periods, such as still lifes, landscapes and portraits from the 16th and 17th centuries. Other highlights are well-preserved examples of medieval stained glass from Gotland.

Where is the collection?

Large parts of the collection will be displayed in Gustavianum, when the museum opens after the ongoing renovation. The art collection is also available to researchers and students in the Art Study Room in the University Main Building.

Paintings placed on table in a big room

Visit us

Gustavianum's collections are a resource for Uppsala University lecturers, researchers and students.

If you are interested in using the collections in your research or teaching, or would like to visit our study rooms, please contact us and book a visit via:

Getting here

Note! Opportunities to visit the collections will be restricted from March – June 2024 due to work with the new museum.