Sweden is probably one of the most known Nordic countries in the world, and one of the most appealing for tourists. There is an array of different museums one might visit when in the culture hub of the north, ranging from historical museums to art museums. It may get overwhelming when trying to choose which ones to visit, so here are the top ten museums to visit in Sweden.
1. Vasa Museum
Located in the beautiful Djurgården, just in the center of Stockholm city, lays the Vasa Museum. The Vasa Museum is the new home for the Vasa ship, a ship that capsized and sank outside Stockholm in the year 1682. This makes the Vasa the only preserved 17th-century ship in the world and makes the museum the most visited museum in the Scandinavian region. The warship is fully preserved and a perfect destination for tourists interested in history and historic artifacts.
2. Abba The Museum
Abba, one of the most known music groups of all time, have their own museum in Djurgården, Stockholm. Here, you are invited to join in the experience of being the world’s most known group as well as you get to know the inner workings of Abba. Together with memorabilia and interactive activities, this museum is perfect for the whole music-loving family and it is a must-see for all Abba fans, new and old.
There is nothing better for all the photography lovers than Stockholm’s Fotografiska museum. In Fotografiska you will be able to see 4 major exhibitions per year along with 15-20 smaller ones. You will find contemporary photography that you may not have otherwise seen. The artworks displayed has made Fotografiska one of the most known museums in the whole country. Along with the artworks, the museum offers lectures and courses in photography, making it a perfect visit for art enthusiasts.
4. Royal Palace
In the heart of Stockholm city you will find the Royal Palace, a must see for all the people interested in culture and royalty. The palace displays the history of the royal family through art and architecture. When visiting the Royal Palace you will be able to walk through the halls which the royal family themselves has walked, the rooms they have sat in, the gardens they have strolled through and the Royal Chapel where royal weddings have taken place. It is the perfect way of getting to know the royal family of Sweden as well as their history.
5. Army Museum
The Army Museum in the center of Stockholm displays the war history of neutral Sweden. Spread out on three different floors you will be able to explore and discover the war and peace that has occurred in Sweden. The exhibitions span from 1500 to the present. Together with the guided tour, you will walk out of the museum doors with a different view of peace and war. The exhibitions show various different pieces, once used by the Swedish army. It is an eye-opening experience for both young and old.
6. Swedish Museum of Natural History
Just next to the Swedish Academy, in the outskirts of Stockholm, you will find the Swedish Museum of Natural History. With the goal of sparking interest in their visitors, the museum offers exhibitions in biology, physics, and astronomy. The museum offers an array of preserved dinosaur skeletons and dozens of animal models along with interactive games and activities for children to learn from. Cosmonova is another feature that the museum offers; a cinematic experience that educates and entertains at the same time. This is the perfect museum for families with children and people interested in science or people willing to learn more.
7. Swedish Air Force Museum
In the outskirts of the Swedish city, Linköping is the Swedish Air Force Museum. In the museum, you will find a collection of different aircraft that have been in service for the Swedish air force. There is a number of different exhibitions that you may visit along with an air lab and an exhibition of the wreckage of the DC3, an aircraft that was shot down by the Soviets in 1952. The museum is an experience both for young and old, raising interests in children through the air lab but also to historically interested adults through the DC3 and other historical exhibitions.
8. Tom Tits Experiment
A fun experience for people of all ages Tom Tits Experiment is located in Södertälje, outside of Stockholm. Here, you will learn about science through various kinds of experiments which encourages thought and sparks an interest in children, teenagers, and adults. The building consists of four floors full of different experiments and activities for the whole family to enjoy. This museum is a must-see for all families coming to Sweden for a visit as it is a unique learning experience that may only be found in Tom Tits.
9. Royal Armory
The Royal Armory, located in the Royal Palace’s cellar, displays armory from the 1600s, Sweden’s Great Power era through the twentieth century. Inside the museum, you will find the mask Gustav III wore when he was assassinated outside Stockholm’s Opera theater as well as the very horse of Gustav II Adolf, also known as the warrior king. There are also different activities for children that allows them to be activated in their historical learning. The Royal Armory is truly a wonderful place to visit if you are interested in learning about the Swedish power and how the country grew to be the Sweden it is today.
Skansen, the most renowned open-air museum in all of Sweden, brings history to life. When walking into Skansen you will meet personnel dressed in traditional Swedish clothes as well as you will see how people used to live both in the cities and in the countryside. What sets Skansen aside from other open-air museums is the wild animals that can be found in the premises of the museum. The open-air museum provides a sense of time travel as well as there are plenty of activities that will further your understanding of Swedish culture.
Updated: June 25, 2018