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While Sweden’s third largest city happily celebrates its past with some of the top museums in the country, Malmö is also incredibly modern and forward-looking, embracing its multicultural population through art and culture. Here are the top museums in a city that is beginning to set the tone for the rest of the country.
This complex of museums is the largest in southern Sweden and offers everything from the Nordic region’s oldest surviving Renaissance castle to an aquarium. But where things really gets interesting are the permanent exhibitions that focus on the history of Malmö and the region, as well as the ones that feature textiles and photography.
It may be the little sister to Stockholm‘s towering Moderna Museet, but this outpost punches well above its weight; both sharing an identity with it’s sibling and establishing its own. Located in a distinct converted industrial building, this is where contemporary art comes to shine.
When it opened in 1975, Malmö Konsthall quickly became a major player on Europe’s contemporary art scene. Today it remains one of the biggest and best places to exhibit, due to the amazing space and top quality curation of both Swedish and international artists.
Since 1964 Malmö‘s Form Design Center has, as it says, had its feet in the soil of Skåne; with its gaze fixed on the world, the future and visions. It’s been nationally recognised as a model of a forum where the public can meet artists, designers and manufacturers of contemporary modern design. If Scandi design in your thing get here, fast.
Dedicated to both preserving and documenting the history and traditions of the performing world, Malmö’s Theatre Museum is a unique archive of the theatre world in the region. Exhibitions and displays take you through Malmö’s strong history in the performing arts, while special seminars and talks will keep you riveted.
It may not look like much from the outside but once you pass through the doors you know you’re on to something special. Located in an old soldier’s cottage, the museum is run by the non-profit Limhamns Preservation Society – which aims to not just archive the past but also be very much present in today. There are a number of exhibitions each year, as well as music events and lectures.
Use this handy map to discover the best museums in Malmö: