It’s always a good time to go to Stockholm, but summer is even better. The nights are long, it’s not raining too much and you can take your excellent local food to go.
Stockholm has an enormous amount of excellent museums. I’ve been to Stockholm several times – once on a study trip with colleagues from museums. Here you can find 2 recommendations for the first time visitor and 3 for the returning traveller. So put on your good shoes and glasses and let’s go!
FOR THE FIRST TIME VISITOR
This is without a doubt this one of the best museums in the world. It is the only preserved ship from 17th century in the world! And it is almost intact. This is because it sank right on its it maiden voyage in front of the king… The museum itself was actually built round the ship which just makes it very easy to experience the different parts of the ship as you can walk around on different levels. And it still smells of tar. Unfortunately it is deteriorating. If you are lucky enough to be a Swedish pupil you can come behind the scene to a complete reconstruction of the upper deck with thunderstorms and cannon fire around you.
This is actually not a museum, but an art exhibit. And it is very large. It is housed in a former industrial Art Nouveau style building from 1906. It has been open since 2010, but is already an institution. They show world renowned photographers such as Annie Leibovitz and David LaChapelle, but also newcomers. There are many different exhibitions at once, so you will definitely find something you like. Also the café and the bookshop is nice.
FOR THE RETURNING TRAVELLER
The museum focuses on science. They won best museum in Sweden in 2016 probably because they let kids and night club architects help develop their exhibitions. Like in the exhibition “Mega Mind” on how we develop ideas! Talk about a difficult subject, and they made it work. It is very educating and fun at the same time. I also voted on the best inventions ever – electricity and anesthesia. I spent many hours here and could have stayed for longer – especially in the gift shop. Right now they are building a mathematics garden!
This is a museum of Swedish military history from 1500 to present day. Not what I usually go for, but it is very interesting. It is mostly army history, but there was also a small exhibition on the conflicts Sweden are involved in now and a collection of modern weapons. Something that really stood out was the many of the depicted soldiers were women. The museum teaches about warfare, but also on related themes such as hunger, sorrow and propaganda. Most themes are visualized with life-size puppets which is very creepy. As a Dane, it is weird to see yourself represented as the enemy.
It is a small museum showing life in the middle ages. It is underground and built as reconstructed brick buildings, ware houses and shops inhabited with life-size puppets (again puppets) dressed as monks, workers, sick and others. so it feels a little medieval-like. The feeling is heightened since the museum is laid out around a large excavation and features 55 meters of the original 16th century town wall. There is also a real graveyard. And its free!
What’s your favorite museum?
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