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Today Uppsala castle is used as a residence by the governor of Uppland County. Official visitors are received in the apartments while the room in the north tower is used for conferences. Dag Hammarskjöld, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations spent a good deal of his childhood at the castle while his father Hjalmar served as governor. In addition to being the Governor’s living quarters the castle has office space available to rent, and also houses the Uppsala Art Museum and down in the castle dungeon is Vasaborgen (Waxworks Museum).



Photo: Castle entrance to the Art Museum.





On display in the art museum is Uppsala University’s collection of fine art, plus works of art from its own collections and various exhibitions. The majority of artwork comes from Holland and France and is displayed by genre: still life, portraits and landscapes from the 16th century. However, there are also paintings from the 20th century done by Swedish artists and contemporary works purchased through the years.

In addition to the paintings and prints there is a display of ceramics from the Uppsala-Ekeby tile factory, which was the largest tile maker in Scandinavia in the early 1900s, but ceased to operate in 1977.  In the dungeon there are period characters sculpted of wax which are meant to bring to life scenes from the Renaissance period.