The group around the table is a detail from an oil-painting by Januarius Zick (1730–97): The Remy Family in Bendorf near Koblenz, 1776. © Germanisches National Museum / Bridgeman Images.

The exhibition Coffee – a hot story (in Swedish Kaffe – en het historia) tells of the Swedes’ most beloved beverage from a cultural-historical perspective; from medicinal use to Swedish fika. How did the exotic coffee become a part of the Swedish identity? The exhibition addresses both the darker aspects of coffee, such as slavery and climate change, and brighter ones, like design, socializing and fika.

On display are hundreds of objects from Kulturen’s vast collections, illustrating themes such as Coffee Moments Then & Now, History & Technology, Coffee cups & Coffee Pots, Cafés in Lund and Packaging & Advertising. Coffee and fika lovers share their own stories and photos.

The Coffee Trail

As an addition to the exhibiton, six of our historical houses in the open-air museum feature various aspects of the history of coffee in Sweden, from the 18th century to the 1930s. Take the folder The Coffee Trail and follow the trail from point 1 to point 6 by looking at the map. You will also find a brief coffee-related text for each house in the folder.

Welcome to the Lund Hall and the Textile Hall to see Coffee – a hot story. On view from 9 April 2022 to 5 February 2023.

In the pdf below you will find the exibition texts in English, and also information about the objects in the exhibition. There is also sample copies to borrow in the exhibiton.

Coffe – a hot story: exhibition texts and objects information in English