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Hammarby and Linnéhuset, Uppsala, Sweden


Location
Hammarby, 15 km south-east of Uppsala
Linnéhuset, Svartbäcksgatan 27, S-75332 Uppsala
Botanical Garden, Villavägen 8, S-75236 Uppsala

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Botanist and scientist Carl von Linnaeus' (1707-1778) travels among others led him to Lapland in 1732, a travel up the Northern coast line of the Baltic Sea, into the inner Lapland and down the Finnish coast - the nowadays famous diary was published in English in 1811 as Iter Lapponicum, in 1888 in Swedish -, he even spent several years in the Netherlands, and examined later on the provinces of Dalarna, the islands of Öland and Gotland, Västergötland and Scania (1749). Apart from the scientific usefulness these are even literarily splendid texts. Outside of Uppsala, at Hammarby, his life and work have been exhibited since the year 1879.

Carl Linnaeus bought the small estate in 1758. He wanted a farm on the countryside where he could spend the summers together with his family, away from the unhealthy quarters of Uppsala. Today, few Swedish manor-houses preserve such an authentic milieu. It reflects the private life of Linnaeus as well as his scientific work. The plants in the garden and park are from Linaaeus' times, the house of red brick-stone in the park contains parts of his library given back to Sweden by the Linnean Society in London. The estate is accessible for the public from May 1st to September 30 th , opening hours for the park: daily 8am-8pm, for the museum: Tuesday to Sunday 12am-4pm.

Inside Uppsala, Linnaeus' house and private garden are closely connected with the University. The house was re-built by Linnaeus in the years 1742-43 and restored by the Swedish Linné-Society in 1937-38 and transformed into a Linné-Museum with parts of the original collections of Linnaeus himself. In 1930 even the garden (with the former orangery) could be reconstructed in its original shape, with all the plants Linnaeus had planted according to his own system.

Even the Botanical Garden of Uppsala University, the oldest one in Sweden, is dedicated to Linnaeus: at the end of the garden a classical building, built between 1878 and 1807, the Linneanum or Botanicum is situated, with a hall of fame for Linnaeus inside.

The grave plate of Linnaeus is to be seen inside the Cathedral of Uppsala, marking the place where he was buried in 1778.