Kulturen in Lund is a museum filling two blocks in central Lund, filled with historic buildings and beautiful gardens for you to visit. Step into our houses and experience life in the city and the countryside, from the Middle Ages to the 1930s.You can also choose from among twenty exhibitions we offer a program of events for all ages.
Opening hours and admisson
Visitors 0-18 years and members of Kulturen free of charge during ordinary opening hours!
Christmas at Kulturen
During the period from November 26 to January 15 the following fees apply:
Adults 120 kr, Pensioners 80 kr, Students 60 kr.
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day.
Open Boxing Day 12-16.
Open: Tuesday to Sunday 12–4 p.m.
Admission: 90 kr, 60 kr for pensioners, 45 kr for students.
Open: every day 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission: 120 kr, 80 kr for pensioners, 60 kr for students
For special events the museum may be open at other times.
The Open-air Museum
Kulturen’s open-air museum has houses still standing on the site where they were built long ago, and buildings that have been moved here since the museum opened in 1892. Around the houses there are street settings and gardens.
Inspiration from the international exhibitions
The open-air museum was built according to the pavilion system, inspired by the international exhibitions of the nineteenth century. What was innovative about Kulturen’s open-air museum was that the public were able to experience historic buildings, artefacts, and outdoor settings together, as a totality. The usual practice at museums then was that the artefacts were displayed in showcases in special exhibition buildings. Kulturen showed settings from the four estates – the nobility, the clergy, the burghers, and the peasants – into which the Swedish Parliament was divided before 1866. The original open-air museum has been expanded with the addition of sites with existing historic houses, and more buildings have been moved here.
Town and country
The urban settings contain buildings and remains of buildings from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, while the rural buildings cover the time from the seventeenth century to the twentieth. Religious life is reflected in the well-preserved Bosebo Church from 1652 and the ruins of the medieval church of Maria Minor. The selection is also a result of the struggle to preserve historic buildings from Lund. In some cases Kulturen reacted when buildings were to be demolished and saved them by moving them to the open-air museum. Several of these buildings also contain stories about people from different social conditions and different times who once lived in the houses.
Our gardens are intended to give inspiration and convey knowledge, and together with the buildings give a sense of the historic settings. As with the buildings, there are parts of the gardens that originate from the time before the museum was founded. At several places in the open-air museum there are also fragments of medieval buildings, chiefly from demolished medieval churches in Lund. There is a large concentration of these in the Lapidarium.