Top 12 BEST Museums in Sweden

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Swedish museums honor art, photography, nature, and music of Sweden which makes them must explore attractions. Here’s your guide to best museums in Sweden.

From taking a lazy stroll around the old town, walking on centuries-old cobblestones, to being a part of its gastronomical heaven, one thing is sure while in Sweden; from day till night, you won’t be succumbing to even a single moment of ennui.

Such is the magic of this place. It boasts endless activities to keep you engaged. You can either rent a bike or make use of its immaculate public transport and go exploring the city on your own, go kayaking, or be up close with nature at any of its famous national parks.

And when you are done with the endless fikas and exhausting trips, why not learn about Sweden’s historical past, its naval history, and feast your eyes at the amazing exhibits by visiting museums in Sweden. Swedish museums honor its music scene, museums dedicated to art and photography, guitars, and you name it.

Sweden is famous for not just its majestic monuments and palaces but is also home to some great museums that are visit-worthy. Sweden is literally overflowing with museums, over 100, that is.

To really go through all the museums and to come up with a list of the absolute best is not an easy task. Each museum tells its own story, and missing out on those is not an option; however, let us take a look at the few that you can’t miss at all.

 

Top 12 BEST Museums in Sweden

Skansen Open Air Museum

Skansen

Opened in the year 1891, the Skansen museum is Sweden’s first and oldest open-air museum. Situated on the island of Djurgården, it represents every part of Sweden. Here you will find impressive exhibits of houses and farms dating back to the 16th through 19th centuries. Some of the houses displayed even date back to the 14th century.

The museum also has a zoo and an aquarium; the zoo is home to almost 75 different species of animals that are native to Scandinavia.

A visit to this museum is a must not only for adults but also for kids. For the little ones it proves to be extremely fun as well as educational, and they can get a firsthand experience of their cultural past. After a long day of exploring, you can visit the various onsite bakeries that serve mouth-watering nordic treats.

  • Museum Address: Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
  • Entrance Fee:
    • Adults: 160 SEK
    • Students, Groups, Senior: 110 SEK
    • Children: 70 SEK
  • Museum website

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Thielska Galleriet
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Thielska Galleriet

If you are an art enthusiast and don’t mind having to stand for long hours feasting your eyes on some of the most famous works, then Thielska Galleriet is the perfect place to visit. This museum is located in a beautiful park on the island of Djurgården.

Thielska Galleriet was the erstwhile home of a banker named Ernest Thiel and houses some of his impressive art collections. These include works of some famous artists like Anders Zorn, Bruno Liljefors, Edvard Munch, and Eugène Jansson.

At Thielska Galleriet, you can also look at some of the famous sculptures created by Auguste Rodin, Tobias Sergel, and Gustav Vigeland. Ernest Theil’s urn rests under a sculpture by Auguste Rodin called The Shadow.

  • Museum Address: Sjötullsbacken 8, 115 25 Stockholm, Sweden
  • Entrance Fee:
    • Adults: 130 SEK
    • Students and seniors: 100 SEK
    • Children below 19: Free
  • Museum website
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Army Museum
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Army Museum

A visit to Sweden’s Army Museum takes you on a journey through its historic military past. It touches the high and lows of wartime and peacetime. The museum is located in Östermalm and boasts of a spectacular display spread out on three different floors. This museum was closed and reopened in the year 2002.

The museum also has a mini-exhibition dedicated to Raoul Wallenberg, the Swede who saved hundreds of people from the terror of the Nazis. Additionally, there are various very realistic looking scenes to give you a taste of the living conditions of soldiers and their families during war and peace times. Also displayed inside are the various trophies and banners of the countries defeated by Sweden.

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Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

The Vasa museum is Sweden’s most visited museum and is named after the Swedish warship- Vasa. Awarded Stockholm’s best museum in 2005, this museum is a treat for history buffs. The ship was excavated and lifted after it was discovered lying in the seabed for hundreds of years.

The ship now forms the main highlight of this museum. First opened in the 1900s, the whole museum is dedicated to this epic warship. Presently it has been refurbished to its current beautiful state. The ship itself forms a major part of this museum’s offering, as well as its history and how exactly it was reinstated.

  • Museum Address: Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
  • Entrance Fee:
    • Adults: SEK 150, 18 years and
    • Under 18: Free admission
  • Museum website

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The Royal Palace of Stockholm Sweden

Stockholm Palace

The Stockholm Palace or the Royal Palace is one of the largest palaces in the whole of Europe. The palace is the official residence of the incumbent His Majesty the King of Sweden. With over 600 rooms, the palace has five museums that are open to the general public.

These include the Royal Armoury or Livrustkammaren, here antique pieces and relics from the Swedish royal military past are displayed. The Tre Kronor Museum exhibits the ruins of the Tre Kronor Castle that was destroyed by a fire in the year 1697.

It is among the popular museums in Sweden that are dedicated to the impressive works of Gustav III, known as Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities also forms a part of these five important museums.

The Treasury museum exhibits the various insignia of royalty that are used for important events like christenings, royal weddings, and funerals. Some of these Swedish museums’ exquisite treasures displayed are the Vasa sword of King Gustav, King Erik XIV’s orb, scepter, and crown, among other priceless items.

  • Museum Address: Slottsbacken 1, 111 30 Stockholm, Sweden
  • Entrance Fee:
    • Adults: 160 SEK
    • Kids & Teenagers (7-17): 80 SEK
  • Museum website
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Stockholms Medeltidsmuseum
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Stockholms Medeltidsmuseum

The Museum of Medieval Stockholm is a museum that engages its visitors with rare exhibits representing Stockholm’s medieval history from the 12th to the 15th century. The museum is located towards the north side of the Royal Palace, and it is built around the ruins that were excavated in the late 70s.

The museum paints a perfect picture of how Stockholm was during the medieval times; on exhibit are brick booths, houses, harbor as well as gallows. The museum to provide a fun and educational medium to school kids and youths also arrange special themed exhibitions.

  • Museum Address: Strömparterren 3, 111 30 Stockholm, Sweden
  • Entrance Fee: Free admission
  • Museum website

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Nationalmuseum
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Nationalmuseum

Nationalmuseum or National Museum of Fine Arts is one of the top-notch museums in Sweden. Dedicated to Art and Design, this museum lays the utmost stress on the preservation of cultural heritage and to foster among the masses, knowledge, and interest in art.

After a series of restorations, the new spacious museum is home to a wide range of some classic and rare works of art. Notable pieces include Rembrandt’s, The Kitchen Maid, and Simeon’s song of praise, Perugino’s, St. Sebastian, and numerous drawings from the middle ages. Apart from certain exhibitions, the museum is free to be visited by the public.

  • Museum Address: Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, 111 48 Stockholm, Sweden
  • Entrance Fee: Free admission
  • Museum website

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The Hallwyl Museum
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The Hallwyl Museum

If you are into period films and literature visiting the Hallwyl Museum seems like a no brainer. First opened in 1938, The Hallwyl Museum is a state-owned museum. Located in central Sweden facing the Berzelii Park, this museum was the residence of Count and Countess Walther and Wilhelmina von Hallwyl.

The museum houses some truly eccentric and odd pieces that are sure to raise some eyebrows, from the count’s beard to a well-preserved slice of their wedding cake. The house stands majestically basking in its regal glory, still intact and in the same condition as it was left.

Aside from some truly marvelous artwork collections, the museum also has some very well preserved rooms from the Victorian period. These give visitors a peek into the real lives of the aristocracy and those of noble birth.

  • Museum Address: Hamngatan 4, 111 47 Stockholm, Sweden
  • Entrance Fee: Free admission
  • Museum website
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Museum of Natural History stockholm
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Museum of Natural History

Being a part of the two major museums of natural history in Sweden, the other being the one situated in Gothenburg. The Swedish Museum of Natural History was founded in 1819 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. If you find yourself in the vicinity with a couple of hours on hand to kill, this museum is your best bet.

The museum has some very well laid out exhibits revolving around the evolution of life on Earth, the universe, the natural environments, landscapes, and more. The exhibits also include fossils of dinosaurs. This museum presents the displays in a very interactive and informative way, perfect for kids as well as adults.

  • Museum Address: Frescativägen 40, 114 18 Stockholm, Sweden
  • Entrance Fee:
    • Children 40 – 60 SEK
    • Adults: 80 -120 SEK SEK
    • Free admission per person accompanying hearing and vision-impaired person
  • Museum website
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ABBA: The Museum is one of the top things to do in Stockholm.

ABBA – The Museum

To be really honest, going all the way to Sweden and not visiting this holy shrine of sorts dedicated to the pop world’s most iconic quartet defeats the whole point of visiting Sweden in the first place. ABBA is world-famous not only for its music but also for its fashion-forward costumes. The museum holds a lot of ABBA memorabilia, including golden disks, costumes among other things.

The highlight of your visit might turn out to be the part where you get to sing along with ABBA- the ABBA avatars that are. The museum is filled with fun and interactive exhibits that give you a glimpse of some rare memorabilia. Tickets to visit this museum need to be bought in advance.

  • Museum Address: Djurgårdsvägen 68, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
  • Entrance Fee:
    • Adult: 250 SEK
    • Children (7-15): 95 SEK
    • Students: 185 SEK
  • Museum website

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Jamtli Museum stockholm
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Jamtli

The name Jamtli translates to “hillside of Jämtland”, it is an open-air museum located in central Sweden- Östersund. The museum gives you an adept insight into the history of Jämtland and Härjedalen.

It was inaugurated in the year 1912. Apart from an open-air museum, it also has an indoor museum. The open-air museum displays 18th-century houses and buildings. Along with that, you can also take part in fun activities like pottery making, milking, baking, and more.

This is a fun prospect for kids as they can get acquainted with various farm and wild animals frolicking in the playground. The indoor museum has various exhibits of art and handicrafts. There are exhibitions dedicated to some extremely rare relics like the Överhogdal Tapestries. Another exhibit focusing on the lake monster Storsjöodjuret is equally fascinating.

  • Museum Address: Museiplan 2, 831 31 Östersund, Sweden
  • Entrance Fee:
    • Adults: 100 SEK
    • Children below 18: Free admission
  • Museum website
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best museums in sweden: Swedish History Museum
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Swedish History Museum

The Swedish History Museum is one of the largest museums in Sweden. Inaugurated in the year 1866, it is presently a state-owned museum. It is also one of the most visited museums in Stockholm. What really attracts visitors to this vast museum are the priceless treasures that it holds. Some of the artifacts displayed here date back to the pre-history time.

If you are looking for artifacts related to the Vikings and their historical past, visiting this museum among all the Swedish museums should definitely be on your list. Apart from the Vikings section, there is also a huge collection of gold and silver items that gives you a closer look at the amazing artistry and workmanship of that time.

After a tiring few hours spent admiring these masterpieces, you can help yourself to some scrumptious snacks, and Viking inspired meals at the museum’s onsite restaurant- Café Rosengården in Sweden.

  • Museum Address: Narvavägen 13-17, 114 84 Stockholm, Sweden
  • Entrance Fee: Free admission
  • Museum website
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