Museums in Stockholm
Stockholm’s best museums
Stockholm has a rich and varied cultural scene, not least in terms of its wealth of museums. Sweden’s most visited museum is the Vasa Museum for obvious reasons. From the Vasa Museum, the National Museum and Skansen are within walking distance. Take the boat to Gamla Stan and visit the Royal Palace and its three museums. For those interested in art, Moderna Museet is within comfortable walking distance. Just to mention a few. Below, there are more details about museums in Stockholm – view it as a point of departure for cultural Stockholm.
Artipelag is a new international venue focused on art, great food, events, and activities – beautifully situated on Värmdö in Stockholm’s archipelago, a mere 20 minutes from the city. Getting there is simple – bus, car, or boat. There are 350 parking spots, a pier for passenger boats from downtown Stockholm, and a large marina for visiting private yachts.
Fotografiska is an international venue that revolves entirely around photography. Located in the heart of Stockholm, the museum has an exhibition space of almost 2,500 sq. m. (3,000 sq. yards) and features four major exhibits a year and about 15–20 minor exhibits. Our exhibits are among the city’s most popular attractions. In addition to visiting our exhibits, you can listen to concerts, eat, drink, take photography classes, or even arrange to hold your next event or conference in a creative environment.
Vasa is the only preserved 17th-century ship in the world and it is a unique cultural treasure. More than 95 percent of the ship is original and it is decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures.
At the Nobel Museum, learn about the Nobel Prize and its recipients from 1901 to today as well as Alfred Nobel and his life. The museum is located in one of Stockholm’s most beautiful buildings from the 1700s. The Nobel Museum seeks to disseminate knowledge, arouse interest and start a debate about science and culture through creative teaching, modern technology and elegant design.
Medelhavsmuseet in Stockholm features one of Sweden’s most important archeological collections of ancient and historical remains from the Mediterranean countries. For the earliest settlements in Mesopotamia and Egypt to early Christian and Muslim cultures, the museum offers unique insights into the Mediterranean countries’ history.
MUSEUM OF FAR EASTERN ANTIQUITIES
The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities is a vibrant venue for Asian cultures and a forum to experience and debate Asia’s role in the world. Exhibits include collections from China, Japan, Korea, India, and South Asia. Don’t miss Café Kikusen, which serves Swedish refreshments with Asian influences. The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities is operated under the auspices of the National Museums of World Culture.
Moderna Museet has one of the world’s finest collections of 20th and 21st century art. The photography collection goes back as far as 1840. Moderna Museet is commissioned to collect, preserve, exhibit and organise learning activities relating to all forms of 20th and 21st century art.
Kulturhuset is located at Sergels Torg in the center of Stockholm. This venue has exhibition spaces, restaurants, conference facilities, concert halls, a movie theater, and a library. The building also houses the Stockholm Stadsteatern. You can easily spend an entire day here just exploring Kulturhuset’s seven floors. With its constant stream of fresh exhibits and because of its extremely central location, Kulturhuset is a constantly changing, multi-cultural venue – visited by three million people annually.
The Swedish Royal Opera is Sweden’s national stage for opera and ballet. It first opened its gilded doors on January 18, 1773. In addition to live performances by some of the world’s top opera singers, the Royal Opera also offers daily guided tours. The Royal Opera is located on Gustav Adolfs torg across from the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The triangular building that houses Bonniers Konsthall is located on Torsgatan between the Central Train Station and Sankt Eriksplan. Bonniers Konsthall features Swedish and foreign artists, both known and those who have yet to find a wide audience. Most of the program consists of exhibits curated in-house.
The art center is operated by the Maria Bonnier Dahlin Foundation and is a non-profit organization. Admission is free.
NATIONALMUSEUM AT KONSTAKADEMIEN
Nationalmuseum is Sweden’s premier museum of art and design. The collections comprise older paintings, sculpture, drawings and graphic art, and applied art and design up to the present day. The museum building is currently under renovation and scheduled to open again in 2017. In the meantime, the museum continues its activities through collaborations, touring exhibitions and a temporary exhibition venue at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts on Fredsgatan 12 in Stockholm.
SWEDISH NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
A favorite spot for budding and fully-fledged geniuses. Explore and discover how everything is connected. An exciting journey from the infancy of the Industrial Age to the future of grand visions. We have welcomed millions of children and grownups since early 1936 curious to see, learn and understand the role of science and technology in society. The National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm is Sweden’s biggest science museum and has an official mandate to safeguard Sweden’s technical and industrial heritage.
MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
More than half of the museum’s visitors are children and teenagers accompanied by families or school excursions. Such visits are important for developing future interest and for efforts to preserve nature and its diversity. The museum’s educators are trained in biology, geology and teaching methods. Our work includes the planning of exhibits and the training of teachers.
SPRITMUSEUM – MUSEUM OF SPIRITS
The Museum of Spirits has been housed in this former naval building between the Vasa Museum and Gröna Lund since 2012. The museum focuses on human behavior and the desire evoked and suffering caused by alcohol. “Spending an hour with booze” is the apt title of the guided tour into Sweden’s history with liquor and the Swedes’ bittersweet affair with alcohol.
Welcome to Millesgården – an oasis just 20 minutes from downtown Stockholm. The artist home was built in 1908 by sculptor Carl Milles and his wife painter Olga Milles.
In 1936 Millesgården was given by Carl and Olga to the Swedish commuity and is since then run as a foundation. Millesgården is today a well renowned museum with an artist home, an antique collection, a wast sculpture garden, an art gallery with a museum shop and a restaurant.
Leave the bustle of the city behind you and travel 100 years back in time! Enter the doors of the Hallwyl Palace on Hamngatan 4, right in the middle of central Stockholm. Experience first-hand what luxury and modernity looked like in 1900 in this palatial residence. Or join one of our guided tours that continue into other parts of the palace! The museum boasts one of Sweden’s largest collections of art, porcelain, and antique furniture.
One of the world’s premier baroque castles set on the scenic shores of Lake Mälaren near Arlanda. Take the stairs up to the Wrangel and Brahe floors where our museum guides, handsomely dressed in period costumes, stand ready to answer any question you may have. Or join a guided tour that continues up to other floor levels with such sights as the Unfinished Hall and Wrangel’s armory.
This is also where you’ll find the famous painting “Vertumnus, the God of Seasons” by Giuseppe Arcimboldo, which is often on loan to museums around the world.
Surround yourself with royal history in the evocative vaulted cellars at the Royal Palace. Magical moments from Swedish history are on display here. Magnificently beautiful costumes and glittering carriages tell of extraordinary coronations and weddings, royal christenings and funerals. Extravagantly decorated weapons and armor reflect Sweden’s dramatic history of war and peace.
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