The Orangery Museum

The Orangery Museum at Ulriksdal palace. Photo: Gomer Swahn Reklam AB/Gomer Swahn.

Centrally located in the Ulriksdal Palace grounds beside the palace itself lies the greenhouse - nowadays the Orangery Museum.

During the “Great Power" era in Sweden citrus fruit was expensive and exclusive and embellished the Royal Court's banquets. At Ulriksdal a lavish Orangery was built.

The present Orangery was built at the end of the 1600s by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger by commission of Queen Dowager Hedvig Eleonora. Despite a number of later changes, Tessin's architecture still dominates the Orangery.
Nowadays, the Orangery has taken on another exciting function. From time immemorial sculpture has belonged with nature and today at the Orangery an exhibition of Swedish sculpture from the Swedish National Museum´s collection can be viewed. The sculptures are from 1700s-1900s including works by Johan T. Sergel and Carl Milles, amongst others.
A change in room temperature in the greenhouse has required a compromise both in the choice and number of plants. Still today, however, historic trees and shrubs are grown that enrich the visitor's experience at the Orangery Museum with form, colour and fragrance.