Gustavianum: guided tours for schools and preschools

The permanent exhibitions, together with the Art Cabinet and the Anatomical Theatre, form the basis for Gustavianum’s guided tours. Our museum teachers receive schools and preschools, and adapt the content  to the age and prior knowledge of the group. We discuss your needs with you and tailor your visit to fit. The museum teachers receive bookings via email: Book a visit

Uppsala University

During the visit we take a closer look at the University's collections and familiarise ourselves with its history. The first students were admitted to the University as early as autumn 1477. How much remains unchanged since the Middle Ages? What could you study then and what courses do students follow today? Learn more about medieval initiation of students, female students challenging the standards of their time and how the view of perfect science has changed over the centuries.

The Anatomical Theatre

This guided tour focuses on Olof Rudbeck and his Anatomical Theatre. During the visit, the museum teacher describes the teaching of medicine in the 17th century and what students learned during the dissections. As there were too few medical students at this time to fill the Anatomical Theatre, tickets for the lectures were also sold to the general public. In this way, the dissections developed into a form of popular entertainment.

The Augsburg Art Cabinet

The unique Art Cabinet was presented to Gustav II Adolf (Gustavus Adolphus) by the councillors of Augsburg in 1632. Everything - art, religion, science, everyday life - is presented in the Cabinet, like a kind of 17th century Internet. With its decorations and hundreds of miniature paintings, the Cabinet is a wonderful work of art. In visible drawers and secret compartments there were over 1,000 items representing what was then the sum of human knowledge. The Cabinet raises questions about what is worth collecting. Are we fascinated by the same things as people in the 17th century?

Collecting and sorting

This guided tour focuses on the great interest in systematising and cataloging during the 18th century. Nature's wealth was an obvious inspiration for scientists such as Carl Linnaeus. But physicists, chemists and astronomers also used the natural world as the starting point for their scientific studies. Gustavianum has examples of interesting collections from the 18th century. How does a magic lantern work, why did Celsius’s own thermometer show water’s boiling point as zero degrees and what is a three-legged cockerel doing in a zoological collection? We discuss the role of science during an eventful century.

The Nile Valley

Several thousand years of history lie buried in Egypt's dry desert landscape. The Nile was the lifeblood that allowed Ancient Egypt to flourish. Egyptologists today can tell us a lot about this period thanks to rich archaeological remains and written sources. By studying these sources, we learn about how people lived, worshiped and died in Ancient Egypt. To be remembered and to become immortal was very important to all Ancient Egyptians because they believed in a life after death.


Students studying technology and natural sciences at Uppsala University give guided tours of the exhibition "Aspiring to Precision". An opportunity for pupils to meet young students, who use the exhibition to describe the exciting technical and scientific developments of the 19th century.