Universeum is a public science center and museum in Gothenburg, Sweden. Opened in 2001, it offers hands-on workshops in each of its six sections, including a technology lab and an rainforest exhibit, and houses one of Europe’s largest aquariums.
Universeum is divided into six sections: Health, where visitors can test their flexibility and learn about the human body; Ocean Zone, an aquarium featuring over 30,000 species of fish; Space, which houses models of space pods and immersive outer space experience; The Rainforest, a greenhouse where monkeys, birds, and sloths roam free; The Reptilarium, a collection of snakes and lizards; and Water’s Way, an exhibit dedicated to the biodiversity of Sweden.
Located on Sodra Vagen, the main thoroughfare in Gothenburg, the museum is often visited in conjunction with Liseberg amusement park and the Museum of World Culture.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Universeum is a must for families with children.
- Exhibits are offered in both English and Swedish.
- The museum offers two dining options: Roberta’s Restaurant and Café Tukan, offering a full vegetarian menu.
- Most of the museum is wheelchair accessible. Accessibility details can be found online.
How to Get There
Centrally located on the Evenemangsstraket, or “thoroughfare of events,” Universeum is easily accessible on foot or by public transit. Vasttrafik trams 6 and 8 both stop in front of the museum.
When to Get There
While busiest on weekend afternoons, the museum’s size means that it never feels overly crowded. For a quieter visit, go on a weekday afternoon.
The Chemistry Lab
Your Universeum admission ticket grants you access to the Chemistry Lab, open daily 2:30–5:30pm on weekdays and 10:30am–5:30pm on weekends. Gear up with a lab coat and goggles: Ticketed guests can take part in hourly hands-on demonstrations that range from slime making to balloon physics. Tickets are released 15 minutes before the start of each program from the board outside the Chemistry Lab.