Sweden is known for many great things (yes, we are looking at you, ABBA) but its museums are no less significant than their other endeavours. Today, we are going to look at five
museums around the country that no one should leave out by any means. If you are the type that likes to delve deeper into the local culture, you are bound to find enjoyment in our list.
1. Museum of Medieval Stockholm:
Whenever you think of medieval Scandinavia, chills run up your spine. A beautiful yet often times brutal mythology speaks of how even the gods had their fair share of hardship. The sheer power of the medieval Scandinavians is reflected by the Stockholm-based Museum of Medieval Stockholm. Constructed around some old, excavated monuments, the establishment is located just north of the royal palace. Know also that the site makes up a part of Stockholm’s city wall pertaining to the 16th century. As you enter the museum, you will immediately realise that it strives to take you to another time-frame. Old brick houses, booths, a harbour, and even gallows make their appearance as the 1250-1520 period shines through. An interesting fact that you might want to know is that at the 800th birthday of the famed Birger Jarl (the founder of Stockholm), the museum opened a distinct exhibition that strove to reconstruct his face. Certain educational programmes and symposia are held there occasionally so if you happen to be there in the right time, you might want to indulge (wink). Oh, and do keep an eye out for the Riddarholmsskeppet (we challenge you to pronounce that at first glance).
2. Swedish Air Force Museum:
The city of Linköping is the embodiment of tidiness, beauty and grandeur. In its outskirts, the Swedish Air Force Museum only adds to that image as it sits proudly in Malmslätt (at Malmen Airbase). What’s interesting about Malmen is that Baron Carl Cederström (also known as the “Flyer Baron”) founded his renowned flying school in 1912. Working with SAAB 105 (SK60) jet trainers, the airbase is home to the Royal Swedish Airschool. The Swedish Air Force Museum (also known as Flygvapenmusem) is a direct brother-establishment to the Swedish Army Museum (Armémuseum). There are so many planes exhibited there that it is an absolute must-see for those who are passionate about them. These include: a Bristol Bloodhound II (Rb 68), a Tp 47 (Canadian Vickers PBV Canso), a Sk 12 (Focke Wulf Fw 44J Stieglitz), a B 4A (ASJA built Hawker Hart), HKP 4B (Boeing-Vertol KV-107), a J 26 (North American P-51D Mustang), a Saab A 32A Lansen, a Saab JAS 39 Gripen, a S 31 (Supermarine Spitfire PR.XIX), and even a TP 52 (English Electric Canberra T11).
3. Röhsska Museum:
Also known as the Design Museum, the famed Röhsska Museum is dedicated to fashion, design and applied arts. Located deep within the heart of the city of Gothenburg, the establishment was first founded in 1905. The building in which it is housed was designed by Swedish master architect Carl Westman in 1910 (finished in 1914) and it adheres to the standards of the National Romantic architectural style. Boasting with a collection of over 50,000 items, the museum was opened to the public in 1916. The collection mainly consists of pieces from European artists but there are a few from the Far East as well such as China and Japan. If you are interested in fashion, however, you will be delighted to hear that it boasts with a collection of clothes pertaining to the 20th and the 21 centuries. Oh, and let us not forget about the ancient-looking Macintosh Plus that decorates its halls (wink).
4. Swedish Railway Museum:
Next up, we have something remarkable for you. If you still haven’t had enough of vehicles, then you might want to check out the Swedish Railway Museum located in Gävle, Gästrikland. Dedicated to Sweden’s railway history, the establishment is owned by Banverket (Swedish National Rail Administration). What’s interesting about it (besides its inviting and moody nature) is that it is tasked with not only acquiring but preserving every little detail pertaining to the Swedish rail history. This is one of those moments when we can sternly say “history is literally being written right now” (wink). Stretching upon an area of 16,000 square metres, the establishment boasts with over 100 locomotives and 150 coaches. Added to these are other items that decorate the halls from the moment you enter (these are systematically arranged and rearranged to keep the theme interesting and systematised). A must-see!
Did you enjoy our list?
How many of the aforementioned museums have you visited? Share your experiences with us in the comment section below and be sure to check back for some more hot recommendations (wink)!