Linnaeus Hammarby

Uppsala, Sweden

Linnaeus Hammarby is one of three botanical gardens belonging to Uppsala University in Sweden. It was the former summer home of Carolus Linnaeus and his family. Today, few Swedish manor-houses preserve such an authentic milieu. It reflects the private life of Linnaeus as well as his scientific work.

In 1758 Linnaeus bought two small estates: Sävja and Hammarby. During their first summers at Hammarby the Linnaeuses lived in the detached west wing. The main building at Hammarby was built in 1762. Linnaeus also had a small, and reasonably fireproof, museum built at Hammarby where he kept his extensive natural history collections.

Linnaeus recieved many visitors at Hammarby. Inside or outside the museum, he lectured from a peculiar lecture stool, "plugghästen" (Sw. plugga - to study, häst - horse).

After Linnaeus´ death in 1778 his wife Sara Lisa remained at Hammarby for many years together with two of their daughters. The Swedish State bought the houses and the park from his descendants in 1879 and it is now managed by Uppsala University.

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Founded: 1758
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Sweden
Historical period: The Age of Liberty (Sweden)

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4.3/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Febrina Maharani (12 months ago)
It is very easy to book a guided tour from their website. Guided tour in English is available once per day at 12.30. The guided tour is perhaps my favorite part of the visit: very interesting facts about the life and works of Linnaeus! Since we visit in early spring not much of the plants has blossomed so it is better to visit in late spring or in summer. Still had a very refreshing walk in the naturreservat around it. The staffs are very helpful as well.
Jim Hunneyball (3 years ago)
A wonderful place to visit. The oldest building is from the 1500's and the main house is kept as it was when Linnea lived there in the 1700's. The gardens are beautiful.
Hagge Bänke (3 years ago)
Very nice place but the big house is closed which is what you want to see.
Erik (3 years ago)
Very expensive + you can't even enter the house unless you're with a tour guide and tours only happen at specific times. Also Theres no sparklingg water. Im going to give 1 star i think
Rick Jonsson (4 years ago)
If you have time when visiting Uppsala in Sweden, try to squeeze in a visit to the Linnaeus' Hammarby located a few minutes from town. Unlike the botanical gardens in town this museum has preserved both the 18th century buildings and the gardens and the park which gives a unique insight to Linnaeus and his work. Well worth a visit
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