The Swedish capital of Stockholm is so famous for its museums that for some visitors, the city itself feels like a museum. The history is so well preserved with an array of monuments, galleries, streets, and of course, the interactive museums.
Do not be mistaken by the old boring museums that only elders like to visit, there is something for everybody in Stockholm. From music to paintings to World War, your trip to Sweden will not be complete unless you make a mandatory visit to some of these handpicked museums in Stockholm.
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Top 10 INTERESTING Museums in Stockholm (Sweden)
ABBA the museum
ABBA is one of the popular interactive Stockholm museums that is dedicated to the pop group ABBA. The Swedish pop group is legendary and known all over the world.
This museum opened in 2013 and exhibits the collected works of ABBA in an interactive and contemporary setting in Djurgården. The museum was inspired by the Beatles museum, which drew a crowd of 0.5 million visitors annually.
The following are the exhibits:
- The Polar Studio – A replica of the studio where ABBA recorded songs.
- Benny’s piano – A piano that plays when Benny plays the piano at his own home.
- Waterloo – A section that looks like a replica of Brighton at the time of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974.
- The Folkpark – is a recreation of the place where ABBA first met.
- Ring – is a phone whose number is only known by four members of the band.
- Audio Guide – created by the screenplay writer of Mamma Mia!
The ticket price for one individual is SEK 250, and for a child, it is SEK 95. There is a special price for a family of four – 2 adults and two children at SEK 595. Students and seniors can get in for SEK 185 – SEK 220.
Skansen is a zoo and an open-air museum in Stockholm on the island of Djurgården. It was started in 1891 by a person named Artur Hazelius. It depicts the way of life in Sweden before industrialization.
Skansen is also used as a noun to describe collections of historic structures and other open-air museums in Stockholm. There is also a zoo that houses Scandinavian animals. There are more than 150 dwellings and farms here, which are spread over 75 acres.
A popular Christmas market is also held here that attracts visitors. Skansen is served by vintage trams and a funicular as well. The opening hours are from 10 am to 3 pm.
The ticket prices are based on season, and there are year cards also available. The year card costs 295 krona for adults, 275 krona for seniors, and students. From January to April and October to November, the ticket price for adults is 160 krona for children. It is 70 krona, and it is 140 krona for seniors and students.
Vasa Museum is a Maritime Museum located in Stockholm on the Djurgården island. The museum has a 17th-century ship almost intact. The 64-gun warship has been salvaged after the ship sank on the maiden voyage.
It is the most visited museum in Scandinavia and was started in 1990. Till 1988 this ship was housed in the Vasa Shipyard. The area around the dry dock in the naval yard was used to construct the current museum.
The main hall has the ship along with related archaeological findings. The museum stylized with masts is at the actual height of the fully rigged ship. The ship can be seen from 6 levels from keel to sterncastle.
There are exhibits and models that depict the construction, sinking, and recovery of the ship. A movie theatre also shows movies about Vasa. There are four other museum ships anchored in the harbor.
The daily opening hours are from 10 am to 5 pm. Ticket prices for adults are SEK 150, and minors (18 and under) go in for free.
The Nobel Prize Museum is Stortorge square in Gamla Stan. It is situated in the former Stock Exchange Building in Stockholm. It showcases the Nobel Prize winner and the Nobel Prize. There is information about the founder – Alfred Nobel.
There are personal life stories on display as well as artifacts donated by Nobel Laureates. It was opened on the 100th anniversary of the Nobel prize in 2001. You can find exhibits for Marie Curie, Nelson Mandela, etc. There are a souvenir shop and a bistro as well.
The ticket price for adults is SEK 120, while children go in for free. Seniors can enter for only SEK 80.
The first manager Pontus Hulten bequeathed many works of art of the museum. It houses the works of Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp, etc.
The museum is open from 10 am to 8 pm, and the entrance is free.
The Museum of Natural History
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences founded this museum in 1819. Among other Stockholm museums, this museum promotes knowledge about research into the universe and interest in the origins and evolution of life on earth.
One of the keepers of the collections was Anders Sparrman, a participant in the voyages of James Cook. There are exhibits on nature, the human body, flora, and fauna.
The ticket price is SEK 80 for adults, and children go in for free.
The Swedish Museum of Photography or Fotografiska is a center for photography in Sweden that started in 2010. It isn’t actually a museum as there are no collections.
It also doesn’t conduct any research and is purely for profit. It has exhibition spaces, a bar, café, bistro, museum shop, gallery and conference rooms. They aim to promote photography and provide places to meet and make conversation.
The opening timings are from 9 am to 11 am. The price of a ticket for an adult is SEK 170, and students and seniors go in for SEK 140.
The Nationalmuseet is Sweden’s national gallery located in Stockholm. The museum’s benefactors include King Gustav III, and it was opened in 1866. Friedrich August Stüler designed the museum’s building. It contains drawings from middle ages all the way up to art pieces from Dutch artists like Rembrandt.
There are sculptures and modern art as well. There were works from artists such as Degas, Gauguin, Goya, Renoir, Carl Larsson, Ernst Josephson, etc.
General opening hours are 11 am to 5 pm, and ticket prices for adults are 150 SEK while students and seniors are charged SEK120.
The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace or the Stockholm Palace is the official residence of the monarch. It lies in Gamla Stan in Stockholm. The palace has 1,430 rooms and apartments. It also houses the Tre Kronor Museum located, the Royal Chapel, the Treasury, and the Hall of State.
There are five mini Stockholm museums inside, and the interiors are done up in the styles from the 18th and 19 centuries.
The opening hours for visitors are from 10 am to 4 pm. An adult ticket costs SEK 160, and for children, it is SEK 80.
It was formed in 1954 after the combination of the Cyprus Collection and the Egyptian Collection. The Cyprus Collection resulted from the Swedish Cyprus expeditions.
The museum is in the Gustav Horn palace in Stockholm. Sweden has a lot of history that history enthusiasts would find like a blessing, and these museums in Stockholm have been preserved old tales so perfectly that you must make time to see them.
The museum is open from 11 am to 8 pm on Tuesday through Friday, and 11 am to 5 pm on the weekends. It is closed on Monday. Admission is free here.