Science in an inspiring educational environment
Vetenskapens Hus (the House of Science) is a leading resource of inspiration and knowledge in Stockholm. We are here for students of all ages from primary school to gymnasium/high school levels as well as their teachers. We have natural science and engineering students who will gladly guide you through various acitivities in our two buildings. Welcome to Stockholm and Vetenskapens Hus to explore modern science subjects including biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics as well as engineering.
Schools meet Universities
House of Science is an educational center initiated in 2001 as a collaboration between KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University. The main goal has, since its inception, been to increase young peoples´ interest and knowledge in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in an exiting environment using relevant themes and age-appropriate hands-on activities. Our target groups are children, teenagers and teachers in primary and upper secondary school. Vetenskapens Hus has about 80 000 visitors per year.
An inspiring environment
Primary and secondary school students come to Vetenskapens Hus to perform experiments with modern scientific equipment. We also show them research environments, give lectures on current topics and hold discussions on science and technology.
Upon arrival you will be met by students from KTH or Stockholm University. They lead the activities and act as role models. We have a curriculum for all the programs.
More than one house
Vetenskapens Hus consists of two buildings a few kilometers apart. We have well-equipped laboratories at the AlbaNova University Center, and the park-like surroundings near Naturens Hus building in the beautiful Bergius Botanic Garden (Bergianska trädgården).
Vetenskapens Hus is a non-profit organization for educational activities.
History and ownership
Vetenskapslaboratoriet (Science Laboratory) at Fysikum (Physics Department) was inaugurated in May 1996 by then the president of Stockholm University, Gustaf Lindencrona. Among witnesses of the event was Jan Nilsson, chairperson of the Knut och Alice Wallenbergs Foundation which supported the project. The laboratory was expanded in the late 90's in collaboration with Stockholm Observatory at Saltsjöbaden, and KTH Biotechnology and Physics. It was also planned that when the AlbaNova campus take shape Vetenskapslaboratoriet would have its own space in a former hospital building on the Roslagstull hill.
Vetenskapens Hus at AlbaNova
The initiative for this new project, Vetenskapens Hus belonged to KTH, Stockholm University and Science City. Vetenskapens Hus was inaugurated on 23 April 2003 by His Majesty the King in the presence of the governor, chiefs and representatives from the Ministry of Education, industries, municipalities and foundations. In 2005 we added the subject of chemistry, and in 2007 mathematics was included in collaboration with Stockholm University.
Naturens Hus joins us
In 2008 Vetenskapens Hus merged with Naturens Hus (House of Nature) which is situated in Bergianska trädgården.
In 2010 a decision was taken based on a more sustainable strategy for the operation. KTH and Stockholm University went into a more active ownership role.
From January 2011 Vetenskapens Hus was administrated by KTH's new school, School of Education and Communication in Engineering Science (ECE). As of 2018, Vetenskapens Hus are included in the School of Industrial Technology and Management (ITM). Ownership of Vetenskapens Hus is equally shared by KTH and Stockholm University. The City of Stockholm is also involved through a long term partnership.
From 2018 House of Science is included in School of Industrial Engineering & Management - ITM.