Pomp and circumstance were key ingredients when a brand new building for the Swedish Museum of Natural History was erected in 1916,
making it the largest museum in the country and a symbol of the greatness of science.
100 years on, the museum celebrates a century of ground-breaking research, World-class science
a world-class natural history collection and a reputation as a pioneer in education.
“We’ve had a great laugh watching footage of a trailer with a stuffed rhino driving through the city,”
says Martin Testorf, jubilee coordinator, about the move from the old premises in central Stockholm to the new building further out near Stockholm University.
While the build can be said to have been somewhat of a vanity project,
boasting highly advanced construction engineering with towers and domes made of bricks from World-class science
Helsingborg and granite from Roslagen, the new location was met with scepticism.
“People thought it was a catastrophe, moving the museum a few kilometres outside of the city centre,” says Testorf.
“But we had around 50,000 visitors a year back then, and you can add a zero to that figure now, so it’s been far from a catastrophe.”
Science behind the scenes
While the birthday celebrating 100 years, on 13 November, will be marked by a big party, a special jubilee tour will be held throughout the autumn,
telling the stories behind objects from the permanent exhibition that have not been told before.
“We want to show that we are so much more than stuffed animals,” says Testorf. World-class science
“We’re a government agency with a very broad range of activities, including, for example, research around natural toxins.”
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