Museum park, our “Central park”

Until 1931, the museum park was owned by the Wexiö-Alfvesta railway company, and before that it belonged to the deanery. Architect and museum director Paul Boberg (1884-1947) wanted to create an open air museum and strove to bring several old buildings here. The idea was to create a cross section of older buildings. In 1942, the deanery, which had previously been part of the railway restaurant, was included. This was the birthplace of author and Nobel laureate Pär Lagerkvist (1891-1974).
The museum park is owned by the municipal property company Vöfab and Kulturparken Småland is responsible for events and activities held here.

If you are interested in booking the museum park for events, please contact Maria Lönnborg, booking manager, on 0470-704205 or mail her at maria.lonnborg@kulturparkensmaland.se 

Kulturhistoriska byggnader i museiparken

Cist graves

The oldest ancient monuments visible above ground in Sweden are cist graves. These graves were erected at the end of the Stone Age, in approximately 2400-1800 BC. Up until 1937, such a cist grave lay in a field outside Kronoberg royal farm, just north of Växjö (the current site of St Sigfrid folk high school). When the cist grave was discovered, several flint objects were found, including daggers, scrapers and an arrowhead. There was also a stone battle axe. Parts of the cist grave were moved to the museum park, and the finds are stored in the collections of Småland Museum.

Fotografiet visar en röd stuga med mossa på taket. Stugan kallas för Högloftstugan och ligger i museikparken vid Smålands museum.

Högloftsstugan

This building was originally located in Sundranäs, in Angelstad parish. It has been known, under the name of Skogstorp, since the 1750s, but was renamed Fiskaretorpet when Jonas Larsson Fiskare, an ex-soldier from the Kronoberg regiment, moved in to the croft in 1815. Those who later lived in the croft partly supported themselves by fishing in Lake Bolmen, which caused the name to live on.

Museum director Paul Boberg ensured that the cabin was moved to its current location in 1928. Högloftsstugor (high-loft cabins), with one or two added sections with high lofts alongside the low-rise residential part, were primarily common in southwest Småland and in the northern parts of Skåne and Blekinge. They are also called South Gotland houses.

Fotografi på en byggnad som finns i museiparken vid Smålands museum. Huset är av grått trä men mossa på taket. Den kallas för Hjulvagnskvarnen.

Watermill from Gärdeshult

In 1930, the mill was purchased from three joint owners in Gärdshult in Asa parish. The price paid by museum director Paul Boberg was SEK 30. The watermill was re-erected on its present site in 1934. On this mill, the water flows along a channel and strikes the mill wheel beneath its axle – this is called an undershot wheel. When there is a higher fall, the water channel can sometimes be built so that the water strikes the wheel from above, which is called an overshot wheel.

Loftboden from Långaskuv

The Loftboden, which is also called Måleråsboden, was moved from Långaskruv Postgård in Hälleberga parish to the museum park in 1939. The owner, Martin Sandgren, wanted the building to be preserved for posterity and contacted Paul Boberg, who ensured it was purchased by the Friends of Växjö Museums Association. A loftbod (loft house) was for a long time the only building on a farm to have been built on two storeys. They were mainly used for storage. Some of these buildings had a recessed second storey with an external walkway. During the warmer part of the year, these were sometimes used for sleeping. If the loft was built up against the dwelling house, the joint building was called a high loft cabin.

Ett fotografi med en byggnad på. Bilden är tagen i museikparken vid Smålands museum. Byggnaden är en kvarn är av grått trä och på ena sidan sitter fyra vingar. Huset är i två våningar. Till övre våningen finns en stege.

The Sirkö windmill

In the 1800s, there were windmills on many of the inhabited islands in Lake Åsnen. This particular mill, acquired by Småland’s Museum in 1930, came from Näset, at Mjölknabben, on the island of Sirkö, in Urshult parish. The farmers who had their own mills didn’t have to transport their grain along roads, or sometimes by boat, to have it ground. This mill building is in two parts, and the upper one can be rotated to catch the wind whichever direction it’s blowing from. The Sirkö mill was rebuilt in the museum park in 1932.

Ett fotografi med ett hus på. Bilden är tagen i museikparken vid Smålands museum. Huset är ett rött trähus med vita knutar. På ena sidan ser man fyra fönster. Huset kallas för Västregårdsladan.

Västregårdsladan

This building is a grain warehouse. In 1967, it was judged that the warehouse was about 100 years old and that the construction was of cultural interest. Småland’s Museum applied for funds to move and preserve it for the future, which was granted by the City Council in February 1968. The warehouse was dismantled and moved from Västregård, which was one of approximately ten farms in the village of Hov, just north of Växjö. By the time the building was moved to the museum park in 1971, Hov had become a district in the town of Växjö.