A beginner’s guide to the museums of Stockholm
The capital of Sweden is the perfect destination for a European weekend mini-break. Constructed over 14 small islands, connected together by over 50 bridges, the low-rise nature of Stockholm means that it’s a city that’s defined by light and by water.
This is a beautiful city that you can get a lot out of just by wandering the streets and soaking up the atmosphere as you admire the cool, blond style of the local residents. But there’s also plenty of culture to admire in Stockholm.
Here are five museums to explore while you’re there.
It sounds cheesy, but this tribute to the Swedish pop icons is actually a lot better than you might expect. The members of Abba all took an active role in its design and construction, and they were determined to make it something that they could be proud of. As well as telling the story of how the group met, their career, and their success, this is a particularly interactive exhibition. You get the opportunity to dress yourself in Abba costumes, dance in an Abba video, and best of all you can record yourself singing one of Abba’s hits - all available for you to download. The perfect way to say ‘thank you for the music.’
Located in an old building overlooking the harbour, a clever renovation has made this the perfect venue for the city’s Photography Museum. With regularly changing exhibitions, the museum showcases modern photography from around the world. One of the highlights is the museum’s cafe which has spectacular views out across the harbour and also serves up a great shrimp sandwich - a Swedish favourite.
As part of his legacy, inventor Alfred Nobel created the Nobel Prize to recognise excellence in the fields of physics, chemistry, physiology, medicine, literature, and peace. Since its inception, more than 800 Laureates have received the Nobel recognition, and they’re all celebrated in the Nobel Museum in Stockholm. The cafe in the museum is worth a visit - the chairs act as a guestbook for the Laureates who visit the museum, look beneath your chair and see whose signature you are sitting on.
Vasa was a war ship that sank in Stockholm harbour on its maiden voyage in 1628. It lay in the water until 1961 when it was recovered and restored. Today it’s housed in a purpose-built museum that’s Stockholm’s most visited attraction. A spectacular glimpse into the naval history of Europe.
Ernest Thiel was a wealthy art collector who constructed this purpose-built residence to showcase his art. Thiel was a prolific collector, particularly focused on artists that he knew or had some some connection with. On show are extensive pieces from Eugène Jansson, Carl Larsson, Bruno Liljefors, Edvard Munch, August Strindberg, and Anders Zorn.