The biological museum is preserved for the future as a building memorial

By on December 10, 2018

The County Administrative Board of Gotland has declared the Biological Museum as a building memorial. This means that both the exhibitions and the building are protected for the future.

– We are pleased that the museum received this protection, says Skansen chief John Brattmyhr. It is the strongest protection a building can have in Sweden and that is highlighting the high cultural value the house has.

– We have started renovating in the first phase of restoring the museum’s skylight to an original similar to that from 1893, says John Brattmyhr, and our plans are to continue with Stage 2 if we can find a financing.

The Biological Museum was founded by Gustaf Kolthoff, who included a conservator, amateur zoologist and author and contains collections of Scandinavian mammals and birds in their natural ecological environments. In the large dioramatic, the different landscape types are produced from inland nature to coastal landscape.

The museum building was built in 1893 and was designed by architect Agi Lindegren who had the Norwegian medieval stave churches as a model. It became a major attraction at the Stockholm Exhibition 1897 with the unique and enormously large dioramas where Bruno Liljefors painted natural environments as a background for the exhibition of animals and birds with the assistance of Gustaf Fjaestad. On the ground floor there are also two smaller dioramas with motifs from Spetsbergen – Ishavsgrottan, and a valley from eastern Greenland.

– Now we look forward to preserving the building, says Skansen chief John Brattmyhr, but it is unclear at the moment when the museum can be opened again.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm