Cultural and public centres
The University's music activities, libraries, museums, discovery centres and botanical gardens are important and public activities within the University. Some of the centres are presented on this page.
The Botanical Garden cultivates thousands of plant species on eight hectares of land in central Lund. The Garden operates a wide variety of activities in the areas of botany, horticulture, plant preservation and environmental awareness, partly for the University’s teaching and research, but also for preschools, schools, the public and public authorities. The Garden attracts around 700 000 visitors annually.
Featuring the amazing finds from the richest Iron Age settlement in the Nordic countries – Uppåkra – and much more, the Historical Museum at Lund University is the largest museum for archaeological finds, coins, and medieval church art in southern Sweden. The museum is part of Lund University’s public activities and dates back to the 18th century. Admission is free!
Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art
At Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art, you find exhibitions of sketches, preparatory studies and models for public art. The aim is to expose the creative process, the artwork's 'birth', as museum founder Ragnar Josephson put it. Today, the museum increasingly focuses on highlighting the different aspects of public art and its development.
Odeum – Music Centre
Odeum’s roots date back to 1745 when Lund University Academic Orchestra (Akademiska Kapellet) was founded. Today, it is Lund University’s centre for student-based music-making, concerts, lectures and education. Within Odeum there are three student-based ensembles: the Lund University Academic Orchestra, the Lund Academic Choir and the Palaestra Vocal Ensemble. The Head of Odeum is the University’s Director of Music.
Inter Arts Centre (IAC)
Inter Arts Centre is a meeting place for staff and students on programmes in fine arts, music and theatre. It is based in the former Mazetti factory in Malmö, where you can undertake development work and experimental research.
Vattenhallen Science Centre
On weekdays, school classes and other groups come to try out various experiments with a focus on science and engineering. In the experiment hall, you can get inside a giant soap bubble, test different sounds, or shoot protons and tickle electrons.
At weekends and during school holidays, Vattenhallen is open to the public. There are shows and visitors also have the opportunity to do experiments and try various construction kits.
Vattenhallen also helps organise different events, lectures and children’s parties.
The Faculty of Science planetarium first opened in 1978 in Stadsparken in Lund. The planetarium was reopened in the spring of 2010 at Vattenhallen Science Center. In the summer of 2012, new digital equipment was installed that gives the visitor a sense of flying out into the Universe and visiting planets and galaxies.
Telephone: +46 (0)46 222 00 00 (switchboard)
Email: lu [at] lu [dot] se
Box 117, SE-221 00
Planning a visit?
Find the centres' opening hours, upcoming events and related information on their websites: