Visiting the museum and its grounds
Information about surfaces, width of paths and gates, etc.
The museum entrance is in a small building on Landsvägen. Entry to the building is via glass doors; these are easily accessible for those using a wheelchair or walking frame.
Entry and exit
There are three options for entry to and exit from the museum grounds:
- through a door connected to a ramp at the back of the entrance building described above
- through either of the turnstiled entrances/exits along Landsvägen
- through a special gate (easy access for those with wheelchairs, walking frames, pushchairs, etc.) This gate has a code lock; the number is available at the museum entrance. All entry points take the visitor into the same gravelled area. The gravel is relatively thin and therefore manageable for those using wheelchairs or walking frames.
Exhibition in the former All Saints Church
There is only one ramp into the exhibition, which is at the church entrance. The ramp is 220 cm / 87 in. wide. NB: do not use the path to the right of the church building as the gravel is loose.
The playground features 15 games played in the 16th century. These include skittles, marbles, throwing games and circle games. Ground surfaces are either sand or grass. Ten of the games are played on sand and may be difficult to access in a wheelchair or with a walking frame, but the skittles, quoits, egg rolling, Go to Get Herring from Iceland, Dog on a Leash and Munk games are played on grass.
All paths are approx. 90 cm / 35 in. wide with a level gravel surface. One exception is outside the school building where the gravel is loose – see the map for more information.
Cellar at servants’ quarters
The cellar at the servants’ quarters is accessed via a set of stone steps with a 16th century arch and a partially-conserved brick floor. Opening of arch 123 cm / 48 in.; total floor-to-ceiling height approx. 200–245 cm / 79–96 in. There are 11 natural stone steps. The cellar is very difficult to access. E-readers available at the Observatory can provide pictures and information.
Tycho Brahe’s castle and castle grounds are surrounded by banks. Two of these have been restored; one of them acts as a viewpoint and can be reached via a wide set of 10–13 steps and a pathway with handrails along the bank. Accessible only by steps.
Tycho Brahe statue
Ivar Johnsson’s granite statue was erected in 1946, long before there were any plans for the reconstruction of the gardens. This means the statue sits in the middle of the gravel path, making it difficult to get past. Be careful of the ditch between the path and the lawn.
There are two parts to the garden – a reconstructed area and an experimental growing area. The reconstructed garden is enclosed. The gate is 75 cm / 30 inches wide and the walkways are between 60 and 85 cm / 24 and 33 in. wide. They are constructed of packed gravel and seashells.
The fruit grove consists of meadowland planted with trees. A 120 cm / 47 in. gravel path leads up to the gazebo and the Urania Titani – the sensual gazebo exhibition. The entrance to the gazebo is 70 cm / 28 in. wide; the floor is a thick layer of sea sand.
Gazebo no. 2 and the Pestiae Elixiris – medicinal alchemy exhibition
The path leading to Gazebo no. 2 is approx. 60–75 cm / 24–30 in. wide. The path alongside the display boards is edged with a ring of cobblestones. The entrance to the gazebo is 80 cm / 31 in. wide. The inside of the gazebo is paved. Note the hollow between the paving stones and the larger stone in the middle of the floor. The exhibition is printed on the glass walls at a height of 110 cm / 43 in.
The castle grounds comprise an open area of gravel and an area marked out with Swedish whitebeam hedges. This is where Tycho Brahe’s castle once stood with its inner and outer walls and towers. The hedges mark the position of the walls and the area is surfaced with loose, crushed brick. The inner and outer entrances are the same width: 150 cm / 59 in. The outer hedge has a path that is 180 cm / 71 in. wide and there are two entrances leading from it. Both entrances are 160 cm / 63 in. wide.
Hoc vallum é molam
This exhibition is located on a raised wooden floor, about 20 cm / 8 in. above the floor with no ramp. Signage is at a height of 80 cm / 31 in.
The Stjärneborg Observatory
Stjärneborg consists of a number of domed roofs above ground, the main attraction being the underground remains dating from 1584. The entrance to Stjärneborg is 80 x 200 cm / 31 x 79 in. and connects to a set of 10 steps. Note that the door has a 5 cm / 2 in. step. The roof is angled, and at the point where the steps finish the floor-to-ceiling height is 160–175 cm / 63–69 in. Both the steps and the floor area have handrails on both sides. Visitors unable to access the underground section of Stjärneborg can use the Museum’s e-readers to view the interior and experience the exhibition from above ground in digital form. E-readers and headphones are available for loan from museum staff at the Observatory.
Tycho Brahe Café
The café is located adjacent to the Museum. The café entrance door is 81 cm / 32 in. wide and has a 4.5 cm / 1.75 in. step. The first door-free opening in the café building is 94 cm / 37 in. wide. The café also has three door-free openings that are each 80 cm / 31 in. wide. The café also has an outdoor serving area and an orangery with seating. The door to the orangery is 127 cm / 50 in. wide with a 4 cm / 1.5 in. step, and the floor is concrete. There is plenty of space in the orangery and outdoor serving area. The outdoor serving area has a gravel surface.
All toilets are outside the museum grounds, opposite the entrance. The area is gravelled but manageable for bicycles, bike trailers, wheelchairs and walking frames. Both WCs and accessible toilets are available.