Linnaeus’ insect cabinet.
Photo: Åke E:son Lindman.
Home life and
The museum contains unique items which tell of Linnaeus’
home life and his scientific achievements. They include the family’s
furniture, household effects, textiles and art; as well as more
personal items such as Mrs Linnaeus’ playing cards, spectacles
It is very unusual for so many items to be preserved from
an ordinary professor’s family. It probably has to do with
Linnaeus’ enormous reputation: relatives took care of the
items they had inherited, highly conscious of where they came
from. We see Linnaeus’ medicine cabinet, insect cabinet
and herb cabinet, as well as his wife’s imposing dining-room
cupboard in walnut, which came from her parental home in Falun.
Portraits worth a special mention include Linnaeus in Lapland
clothing – painted by Martin Hoffman in 1737, and a pastel
by Gustav Lundberg, 1753.
The museum displays parts of several sets of porcelain, both East
India porcelain and Swedish tin-glazed earthenware from Rörstrand
and Marieberg. Among the silverware we see the famous raspberry
dish that Linnaeus received as a gift and in which he kept wild
raspberries in his old age that were to cure his gout.
There is also a rich collection of textiles used in Linnaeus’
household, including in particular Dutch and German linen damask
in the form of cloths and table napkins. Of especial interest
is Linnaeus’ own richly embroidered waistcoat and a wedding
dress in French silk that one of his daughters wore.
Linnaeus’ scientific activities brought items from his journeys,
his time as a professor and his experiments. Parts of the university’s
natural history collection, which Linnaeus kept, are on display.
More about the museum
The Linnaeus home
Compass, magnifying glass and wallet (notebook) from
Linnaeus’ Lapland journey in 1732. Photo: Sören Hallgren.