Lund University and Natural History Museum

A museum of museumsThe Natural History Museum in Lund is available to view by appointment only. When I arrived I was treated to a personal tour by a staff member, as I was the only person in the museum at the time, he needed to unlock the doors and turn on the lights.

Butterflies of Sweden displayThis museum could be a museum about museums. You’ll find no flashing lights or blaring modern exhibits, it’s strictly an old school museum full of articulated skeletons and stuffed organisms. I was directed to remains of note, one of the few remaining complete skeletons of an Aurochs and Tasmanian Wolf. I was pleased to see displays of Scandinavian fauna, including a display of Swedish butterflies. The forms and colors of which was reminiscent of a display of Pennsylvanian butterflies. I also made a visit to the entomology department, although most of the staff were away at a seminar, I had a guide that directed me around the aisles. I was surrounded by familiar sights and *smells*, once you’ve been in one bug room you’ve seen them all :)

Insect FamiliesBefore my museum appointment I decided to explore the University of Lund campus. In the central library, there was display of papers and artifacts relating to Linnaeus. He had attended this university in 1727. He was only there for a year, and apparently not a terribly good student. He had worked in the botanical gardens while he was there.

The exhibit had letters he had written to his mentor Stobaeus and a class room roster with his signature, in addition to a copy of an edition of Systema Naturae. I really should have gone to the lecture on campus the other night that was on Linnaeus, even if it was in Swedish, it would have been a fascinating context. I didn’t go because it was right at dinner time to meet back up with Mark.