Where history meets the present and the future
Welcome to the Historical Museum at Lund University
With eleven million objects, the Historical Museum at Lund University is the largest museum for archaeological finds, coins, and medieval church art in southern Sweden. But its mission goes far beyond that. The museum is part of Lund University’s public activities and dates back to the 18th century. Free admission!
On the four floors of the Historical Museum, history, archaeology, art, zoology, coins, and curiosities all come together. The Barbaricum exhibition features the amazing finds from the largest Iron Age city in the Nordic countries – Uppåkra. Objects from Scanian Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages are displayed. The beautiful coin exhibition includes the largest coin treasure of the Middle Ages. In the Hall of Antiques on the top floor, visitors are greeted by mighty statues and an exciting gallery of people.
Sculptures of medieval saints and magnificent gold and silver objects come from Scanian churches. The cathedral – Lund Cathedral – has its own section with building details and unique capes and robes from different eras. This is currently being renovated and will in the future also be accessible by wheelchair. The Ethnographic Hall is also closed for renovation.
The Historical Museum at Lund University has three main tasks: to contribute to research and education (the university function), to manage archaeological material from the region (the regional function), and to make the collections accessible and communicate current research to the public (the public function).
- University function: to participate in research and undergraduate education in archaeology, medieval archaeology, numismatics, osteology, art history, and history.
- Regional function: to take care of archaeological material, older liturgical inventories and coin finds from Scania with the exception of the medieval urban area of Lund and the municipality of Malmö.
- Public function: to keep the museum’s collections open to the public and to provide information on and disseminate research carried out in fields such as archaeology, medieval archaeology, art history, and history. The museum’s public vision aims to transform the museum into a modern forum for historical education, with each floor having its own unique atmosphere.
The Historical Museum is a member of ICOM – International Council of Museums. ICOM has developed a code of ethics for museums, which is a kind of standard for museum staff.
Contact the museum
Telephone: +46 46 222 79 44
Email: info [at] luhm [dot] lu [dot] se
Find the museum
The museum is located in central Lund, close to the Cathedral. The adress is Krafts torg 1, Lund.
Here is a map on Google Maps to the museum.
Take a virtual tour of the museum
The Historical Museum in social media
Find the animals in the museum collection! Get a map in the lobby and follow the numbers on the map. Leave your answers in the lobby and get a prize. Contact us to learn more: info [at] luhm [dot] lu [dot] se
The museum has the following exhibitions:
- Collecting – where hobby and science interact
- The Zoological Gallery
- Classical Antique Collection
- Liturgical Objects from Medieval Scania
- Stone Age and Bronze Age Hall
- The Coin Cabinet. Treasures from Scania
- Medieval Church Art
- The Cathedral Museum (currently closed)
- Barbaricum: Iron age Scania
Regular opening hours
Free entrance right now due to the remodeling of many exhibits.
Lovisa Dal, one of the conservators working at the Historical Museum, shows the beaker from the 6th century that was found in Uppåkra and is on display in the Barbaricum exhibition. It is decorated with thin gold bands, Roman style, depicting snakes, horses and humans, and may have been used in the sacrificial feasts in the Uppåkra Temple.