Surrounded by lavish gardens with herbs and roses, the Greyfriars Abbey of Ystad is a soothing oasis in the middle of the city. But the monastery’s more than 750-year history contains a lot of drama. The pious franciscan monks, the Greyfriars, who founded the abbey in the middle of the 13th century, were driven away under violent circumstances during the Reformation.
The abbey in Ystad was saved and today it’s one of Sweden’s best preserved medieval monastic buildings. The Museum of the Cultural History of Ystad is located behind the thick red brick walls, built in the Baltic Brick Gothic style of architecture, common in the Baltic Sea area around 1260-1520. The museum’s cultural history exhibitions tell about and clarify the past – often with a focus on Ystad and Österlen, and from a topical day-to-day perspective.
Tuesday – Friday: 12.00-17.00
Beginning in October 1 – March 31 free admission for everyone on Fridays
The museum is closed:
Jan 1, May 1, Jun 19-20, Dec 24-25 and 31.