The Historical Collections

Gustavianum's historical collections contain scientific instruments, archaeological, historical and ethnological objects. Our archaeological collections include items from the ancient cultures of Egypt, the Mediterranean region and from the prehistoric Nordic region.

Where do the collections come from?

The collections have steadily grown since the founding of the university in the Middle Ages and continue today. Objects have been collected through donations, purchases, expeditions and excavations and are regulalry used in teaching and research.

Where are the collections?

Many of the objects from the collections will be displayed in Gustavianum, when the museum reopens after the renovation. The collections are also available to researchers and students at the Historical Collections Store, at Villavägen 9.

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Visit us

Gustavianum's collections are currently accessible for 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.


Learn more about the historical collections archive.

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