Swedenborg’s Summerhouse (Swedenborgs lusthus) comes from the estate in Stockholm that the famous philosopher and scientist Emanuel Swedenborg (1688–1772) purchased and lived in from 1743.
Swedenborg created splendid gardens on his estate with summerhouses and pavilions. He used the summerhouse that was moved to Skansen in 1896 as a place of retreat and for spiritual exercises.
The summerhouse contains furniture from Swedenborg’s own time as well as a small organ that belonged to him. Several of Swedenborg’s favourite flowers that he cultivated on his property on Hornsgatan are present in the Rose Garden, among them violets, delphiniums and bleeding hearts.
Sometime in the 1740s Swedenborg suffered a spiritual crisis. Thereafter he developed a religion which he presented in numerous volumes and which, after his death, led to the creation of Swedenborgian congregations both in Sweden and elsewhere. Swedenborgianism has survived principally in Great Britain and in the USA.