The objects you see and experience in the museums of Sweden cover everything from the diamond and gold dripping ‘Tre Kronor’ crown jewels to fermented herring (surströmming)– the pungent delicacy from northern Sweden. And just about everything in between.
The Gothenburg Museum of Art (Göteborgs Konstmuseum)
Housed in a beautiful landmark neoclassical building in front of the Götaplatsen square and the main boulevard Avenyn’ it prides itself on featuring the world’s most splendid collection of national-romantic Scandinavian late 19th century art, with many key works by artists such as Munch, Zorn, PS Krøye and Carl Larsson. Also check out the excellent Hasselblad Center for photographic exhibitions, as well as the art hall for temporary art exhibitions.
Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet) in Stockholm
Accidents of history are not a topic often covered by museums, but this is done in breathtaking style. The museum is built around the Vasa, the world’s only surviving 17th century ship and the story of her rescue is as dramatic as her sinking. The sheer scale and the beauty of Vasa are stunning: almost 700 wooden sculptures and figures adorn her length and breadth. The museum tells the story of how she was built, how and why she sunk and how she was lifted from the murky depths of Lake Mälaren in Stockholm and then perfectly preserved for future generations to admire. Don’t miss this.
Skansen in Stockholm
This is no ordinary museum. It is a living, working Sweden of the 1900s and hosts Christmas and Midsummer celebrations and other festivals across a large area dotted with farm buildings, mills, ‘olde worlde’ shops and a stunning wooden church. Some 160 buildings have been gathered here from all over Sweden to form a living, working society of the 1900s. Skansen also has a zoo featuring elk, wolves, lynx and brown bears.
Abba Museum in Stockholm
The platform-booted and sparkly Swedish band that took the pop world by storm between 1970 and 1983, likely Sweden’s biggest export, gave us the hits like “Dancing Queen,” and “Knowing Me, Knowing You” among many others is now immortalized in a state-of-the-art museum where visitors can view the band's stage clothes, artifacts, concert footage, interviews, and more in a contemporary, interactive setting. Visitors can sing and dance with ABBA holograms, don a digital costume projected on to them in a special booth and record a song. Photos and videos of the experience can be shared on Facebook and other social media. The museum opened May 7, 2013
Spritmuseum in Stockholm
Sweden’s history with alcoholic beverages comes to life at Spritmuseum, the museum of spirits, located on the popular island park of Djurgården in central Stockholm. In addition to immersive exhibitions, the museum features a tasting room, restaurant, and bar. Cruise passengers will also want to visit the Absolut Art Collection, showcasing works by modern greats, including Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, all housed within Spritmuseum.
Fotografiska in Stockholm
Fotografiska is a new museum showcasing the best work in international contemporary photography. The museum, located in a beautiful historic building on the docks of Stadsgården in Stockholm, is perfectly suited to cruise passengers, with a convenient waterfront location and extended operating hours.
Ájtte Museum – the Sami Centre
The town of Jokkmokk in Swedish Lapland has always been a place for gatherings, trade and festivals and a meeting place for the indigenous Sami people of Lapland. The town is home to the Ájtte Museum – the Sami Centre. Through the exhibits the museum tells the story of Lapland and how the Sami have lived and survived for generations here. Well worth the visit to find out more about the original Swedes.
Vitlycke Museum – Rock Carvings in West Sweden
Tanum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, includes the Vitlycke Museum on the northern West Coast of Sweden. Here you get to see the rock carvings, which are the highlight of the show, depicting life in Bronze Age Sweden. The artist(s) of 3,000 years ago tell their story through 350 highly varied and richly-colored groups of rock art vividly depicting people, animals, ships and sleighs, as well as hunting scenes and domestic life.
The Falun Mine
A museum with a difference and a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the Falun Mine at the Great Copper Mountain in Falun, an unnatural wonder that is as renowned for its size as its importance to the economy of Sweden down the ages. On the edge of the Great Pit, the site of a giant cave - in 1687, is the Mining Museum. The museum tells the story of the mine and the company that ran it. The mine and museum have both received two stars from the Guide Michelin.
Museums in Malmö
The Malmö Art Museum (Malmö Konstmuseum), Stadsmuseet, the Museum of Natural History and the Science and Maritime House are housed in Malmöhus Castle (Malmö Museer).
Go to the Stadsmuseet to find out about the history of Malmö and surroundings, the Malmö Art Museum for the largest collection of 20th century Nordic art in Sweden, and the Museum of Natural History for its fabulous aquarium and stuffed animals. And for trams, jets, a real U3 submarine and science experiments go to the Science and Maritime House.