5 Museums In Stockholm You Should Definitely Visit

ABBA The Museum an interactive exhibition featuring pop group ABBA in Stockholm, Sweden, Scandinavia, Europe
ABBA The Museum an interactive exhibition featuring pop group ABBA in Stockholm, Sweden, Scandinavia, Europe | © Mint Photography / Alamy
Jasmina Kanuric

The Swedish capital is a museum in itself! Historically well preserved, built around different monuments and sights, there is a lot to explore in Stockholm. Stop by to see the best preserved warship from the 17th century and explore the first open air museum in the country, opened in 1891. If you prefer contemporary art to old history spots, don’t fear! There’s something for everybody. Read on to discover the best museums in Stockholm.

1. Skansen Open-Air Museum


Entrance to Skansen open air museum, Djurgarden, Stockholm
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Skansen was the first open-air museum in Sweden, opening in 1891 with the aim of showing the way of life in the country before the industrial revolution. Skansen is one of the most popular museums in Stockholm for tourists and locals alike. Beside the open air museum, there is also a zoo where you can visit animals native to the Scandinavia region. The museum is located on Royal Djurgården, offering beautiful views on all sides of the city. Stop by to see Sweden’s whole life in one place – with over 150 farms and dwellings located here.

2. The Vasa Museum


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The Vasa Museum exhibits the only preserved 17th century ship in the whole world. The Vasa ship sank on its maiden voyage in Stockholm harbor in 1628. It was found in 1961 and painstakingly restored to its former glory. Almost the entirety of the ship is original. You can walk around the entirety of the magnificent ship on speciality designed platforms, so you don’t miss a single square inch of this beautiful piece of naval history. Pay attention outside, where you can see the ship’s three masts! Stop by the most visited museum in Scandinavia and learn all about life at sea in the 17th century.

3. Fotografiska

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The Swedish museum of photography, or Fotografiska, is one of the largest contemporary museums of photography in the world. Explore the four large exhibitions and almost 20 smaller ones per year. The museum opened in 2010 and is located in the old customs house, built in Art Nouveau style. The building is culturally protected and, besides the museum, houses an academy, café, conference rooms, event space and museum shop. The café on top offers a spectacular view on Stockholm.

5. ABBA - The Museum


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Legendary Swedish pop group ABBA is famous all over the world. In Stockholm you can find a museum dedicated just to them. Dance along to the beats of Waterloo or Dancing Queen; explore the colorful clothing room from the cool and groovy ABBA era; see the clips from films and musicals based on the group and their songs. As the museum is very popular, you have to buy your ticket online for a specific time. This way, you can avoid queues and get the ultimate ABBA experience.
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