Offbeat museums in Stockholm
Collected by Lola (Akinmade) Åkerström, AFAR Local Expert
Stockholm is a compact, walkable city with lots of modern and historic museums worth visiting. From traditional Skansen, the world’s oldest open-air museum, to contemporary Fotografiska, many sites offer the visitor a chance to experience local history, art, and culture.
Hamngatan 4, 111 47 Stockholm, Sweden
Known in English as the Hallwyl House, this was once home to Count and Countess Walther and Wilhelmina von Hallwyl, and the residence was completed in 1898 as their winter home. Avid collectors of antiques, the von Hallwyls wanted to expand their...
Herserudsvägen 32, 181 50 Lidingö, Sweden
During the first half of the 20th century, the iconic Swedish sculptor Carl Milles (1875-1955) nabbed many coveted public commissions all over the world. He was known for his style of blending Ancient Greek, Roman, and Christian mythology into his...
Sjötullsbacken 8, 115 25 Stockholm, Sweden
Located within the walled grounds of Blockhusudden on Djurgården, Thielska Galleriet is a fine art museum with late 19th- to 20th-century works by Eugène Jansson, Carl Larsson, Bruno Liljefors, Edvard Munch, August Strindberg, Anders Zorn, and...
Prins Eugens Väg 6, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde is one of the city’s most revered fine art museums. The son of King Oscar II and Queen Sophia, Prince Eugen himself was one of Sweden’s leading landscape painters and an avid collector of works by Anders Zorn, Per...
Centralplan 15, 111 20 Stockholm, Sweden
When in Stockholm, try this budget attraction—the subway! This really is art underground, literally. It is called the longest art museum in the world. Over 90 of the 100 stations in Stockholm have been decorated with sculptures, mosaics,...
Centrumslingan 14, 171 45 Solna, Sweden
Few things in Stockholm are affordable—even the public transportation system (Tunnelbana), a smart budget move in most other cities, here costs more than you might expect. With this in mind, turn your commute into a destination of its own and...
Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Located on the island of Djurgården, this purpose-built maritime museum is an extraordinary sight: It houses the massive warship Vasa, which sank just minutes after launching on its maiden voyage in 1628. Raised from the harbor in 1961,...
Stadsgårdshamnen 22, 116 45 Stockholm, Sweden
Here is a museum dedicated to the art of photography and placed, um, picture perfectly for views of Stockholm. The museum building sits along the waterfront with a view of the Old Town (Gamla Stan) and the Tivoli Amusement Park. Exhibitions change...
Djurgårdsvägen 68, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Abba, the most successful Swedish group of all time, enjoyed a global return to fame with the success of the musical and the film Mamma Mia! In its home country, however, its popularity never dimmed. The museum allows visitors to guest star...
Ryssgården, 116 45 Stockholm, Sweden
The "Tbana" is one of the most efficient public transportation systems I've ever encountered, making neighborhood exploration quite easy. Coming up from the subway, I stumbled upon a cute flower shop here next to the Stadsmuseum. Wind through the...
Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
According to Swedish Naval Articles in place when the Vasa set sail, “He who carries a light in the ship and carelessly starts a fire causing the ship to burn, shall be thrown into the selfsame fire.” One is reminded by the strict Naval Articles...
Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum. It was founded in 1891 to preserve and spotlight Swedish culture—from traditional artisans at work and period Nordic lifestyles to barns with farm animals and a zoo with Nordic wildlife such as...
Galärvarvsvägen 8, 115 21 Stockholm, Sweden
If your kid is a fan of Pippi Longstocking, be sure to stop by Junibacken, a children’s playground and storybook museum on the island of Djurgården. Kids get to take the story train on a journey through Pippi's world and the characters and...
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