The guide to Stockholm's best museums
Updated 30 Apr 2020
The information in this guide may be affected by covid-19.
Culture vulture, history buff, art lover or just curious and hungry for knowledge? Stockholm is a gold mine for everyone who enjoys visiting museums and the choice has grown and grown over the past few years. There are plenty of great museums for children, museums young adults will enjoy and of course a whole plethora of slightly more adult-oriented alternatives. Whatever you're looking for, Stockholm definitely has a fantastic museum for you to spend the day at. We've listed Stockholm's best museums in all genres, with something for everyone.
SkansenDjurgårdsslätten 49-51, Djurgården
Stockholm's oldest open air museum
Whatever the time of year, the city's oldest open air museum is open to tourists, Stockholmers, families and anyone who wants to experience Skansen in its seasonal colours. The museum's aim of showing how people lived and worked in Sweden throughout different periods of history is achieved through a wide-reaching cultural-historical experience complete with bandstand and funfair. The 75 acre site also houses Stockholm's only zoo, with mainly Scandinavian animals.
SpritmuseumDjurgårdsvägen 38, Djurgården
Drinks tastings, fine dining and the history of alcohol
Alongside the harbour at Wasahamnen lies this magnificent museum with its own lauded restaurant. As well as taking part in the museum's many drinks tastings, such as absinthe, whisky and champagne tastings, you can also learn more about the Swedes' complicated relationship to alcohol.
FotografiskaStora Tullhuset Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Södermalm
The city's only purely photographic museum
Alongside the waterfront at Stadgårdskajen, in a listed, Art Deco former customs building, you'll find Fotografiska, the Swedish Museum of Photography. Everyone is welcome here - photography nerds, art experts and curious amateurs alike. As well as impressive photographic exhibitions, you can also take photography classes here, take part in workshops or listen to talks on the subject. Fotografiska also has an ambitious restaurant with wonderful views over the water.
ArmémuseumRiddargatan 13, Östermalm
An overview of Swedish history
Enter the army museum's impressive premises on Riddargatan for a history lesson stretching from Viking times to the present day. The focus is, not surprisingly, on the major battles and wars in which Sweden has been involved. While you're there, don't miss Restaurang Artilleriet, right next door to the museum.
Skansen-AkvarietDjurgårdsslätten 49-51, Djurgården
Brightly coloured birds, cool fish and exotic creepy crawlies
Skansen-Akvariet is part of Skansen. Inside the aquarium visitors come face to face with a wonderful collection of exotic creatures. Not only marine life, such as fish, sharks and corals but also rainforest mammels, spiders, snakes, lemurs, apes and many more. NB! Admission to the aquarium is charged separately.
StadsmuseetRyssgården, Slussen, Södermalm
Pictures, memories and objects from Stockholm's history
Stockholm City Museum in Slussen displays the history of Stockholm and its development. It includes a three-floor exhibition detailing the city's journey from the outskirts of Europe to a Scandinavian metropolis. The museum also arranges temporary exhibitions, talks, city walking tours and more.
Tekniska museetMuseivägen 7, Djurgården/Gärdet
Technology for all ages
At Sweden's largest museum of technology, visitors fo all ages can touch and test a variety of technological gadgets. It includes the huge science centre exhibition Megamind, where visitors can train their brains and carry out experiments using their entire bodies. The exhibit won the Children in Museums Award in 2017.
Moderna MuseetExercisplan 4, City
One of Europe's most notable art collections
Situated on the island of Skeppsholmen, this stylish building conceals a unique art collection. 20th and 21st century art in all its forms and guises has been collected and preserved here. The collection is mainly arranged in chronological order with more in-depth focus on certain themes as well as temporary exhibitions.
Historiska museetNarvavägen 13–17, Östermalm
Archeological treasures and artifacts from prehistory to the modern age
With an impressive ten million artifacts, the Swedish History Museum is one of Sweden's largest museums. The collection includes archeological finds and Swedish ecclesiastical art from different historical periods, among other things. Don't miss the tremendous Viking exhibition.
Nordiska museetDjurgårdsvägen 6-16, Djurgården
From sewing pins to carriages
At the Nordic museum you'll find an interesting mixture of objects and exhibits that represent the Nordic lifestyle from the 16th century onwards. Visit exhibitions on traditions, customs, table settings, fashion, interiors, transport and dolls' houses throughout the ages. Perfect for anyone wanting to take a deep dive into life in Scandinavia.
Naturhistoriska riksmuseetFrescativägen 40, Norra Djurgården
Nature, the environment, earth and man
The Swedish Museum of Natural History is the perfect place to visit for anyone with an interest in nature, the environment, animals and the human body. You'll find permanent exhibitions about the development of humans, dinosaurs and Swedish nature. And don't miss the films shown in their Cosmonova cinema.
Etnografiska museetDjurgårdsbrunnsvägen 34, Djurgården/Gärdet
Art, culture and food from all corners of the world
Different cultures, world views and traditions come togther at the Museum of Ethnography. An educational museum to visit with the whole family. The exhibitions are both permanent and temporary and include artifacts from Asia, Africa and North and South America, among other things. There's also an organic restaurant and a Japanese teahouse.
Östasiatiska museetTyghusplan, City
A deep dive into Asian culture
The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities on the island of Skeppsholmen displays art and other objects from Japan and China. They also have a Korean gallery, as well as a sculpture hall with religious sculptures from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, China, Mongolia and Burma (Myanmar). The museum arranges lots of activities for children.
MedelhavsmuseetFredsgatan 2, Norrmalm/City
Expedition to the Mediterranean
Egyptian tombs, Greek vases, archeological treasures and expeditions. Children and adults alike can learn more about ancient Greece and Rome, the role Cyprus played in the Mediterranean region from the stone age to the age of the Roman emperors and much more.
VasamuseetGalärvarvsvägen 14, Djurgården
Crowd pleasing man-of-war
Experience the acclaimed Vasa warship at the Vasa museum. You can see close up the almost untouched, intact ship, which sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 to be salvaged from Stockholm harbour 333 years later. Artifacts from the ship provide fascinating insights into life in 17th century Sweden.
Hallwylska museetHamngatan 4, Norrmalm/City
Beautifully preserved private palace from 1898
At Hamngatan 4 you'll find a magnificent private "palazzo" which looks exactly as it did in 1938, when the palace became a museum and opened to the public. The Hallwyl Museum houses large collections of art, 17th century painting, porcelain, ceramics, rugs and other everyday items.
NationalmuseumSödra Blasieholmshamnen, Norrmalm/City
Sweden's art and design museum
The National Museum exhibits paintings, sculptures, crafts and design from the 1500s to the present day and their collection consists of around 700 000 objects. Their long-awaited re-opening in 2018 has given the museum a huge boost.
ABBA The MuseumDjurgårdsvägen 68, Djurgården
All about ABBA
Are you an ABBA fan? Then don't miss ABBA The Museum, a museum totally dedicated to the infamous Swedish pop group. The museum includes everything from the singers' stage costumes to a cinema showing films about ABBA. You can also take guided tours and try out interactive experiences.
SjöhistoriskaDjurgårdsbrunnsvägen 24, Djurgården/Gärdet
Intricate model ships and the maritime history of man
If you're an incurable model ship geek, or have a strong interest in how humans have made their way across the world's oceans over the centuries, you're guaranteed to wax lyrical about a visit to Stockholm's Maritime Museum. As well as model ships, art, photographs and objects with a maritime connection you can also visit some of the museum's temporary exhibitions.
Thielska gallerietSjötullsbacken 8, Djurgården
Fairytale art museum
This art museum is beautifully situated on the waterfront at Blockhusudden in Djurgården. The house was built for financier Ernest Thiel and his unique art collection at the turn of the last century. Wander around and discover works by some of Sweden and Scandinavia's most important artists, including Bruno Liljefors, Edvard Munch and Carl Larsson.
Stockholms medeltidsmuseumStrömparterren 3, Old Town/City
The birth and development of Stockholm
Stockholm's Medieval Museum opened for the first time in 1986 and was re-opened in 2010. The museum gives a comprehensive overview of Stockholm's emergence and development in the middle ages. The entire exhibition area is 1 750 square metres with some 850 artifacts on display.
Carl Eldhs AteljémuseumLögebodavägen 10, Vasastan
A beautiful little artist's museum by Brunnsviken on the outskirts of Vasastan. The specially designed wooden house used to be the studio of sculptor Carl Eldh and later became a museum. Go on a guided tour and admire both the sculptures and the house with its wonderful light.
PostmuseumLilla Nygatan 6, Old Town
The history of the Swedish post service
In a beautiful 17th century listed building in the Old Town you'll find Postmuseum, which is regarded as one of the world's leading post museums thanks to its unique and comprehensive history and philatelic collections. Learn about how Sweden and the Swedish postal service has changed since the 17th century. And as well as permanent collections, the museum also occasionally shows temporary exhibitions.
JunibackenGalärvarvsvägen 8, Djurgården
Magical fun for all Astrid Lindgren fans
Junibacken is a wonderfully playful children's cultural centre with plenty of human interaction. Most of it centres around the world created by Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lindgren's books. One of the most popular attractions is the story train which takes children on a magical journey through Lindgren's best-loved sagas.
Tom Tits ExperimentStorgatan 33, Södertälje, Södertälje
Centre for experimentation
At Tom Tits in Södertälje everyone can be a child. Surrounded by masses of interactive experiments, optical illusions and fantastical settings visitors can touch, feel and try out. Experience, for example, the feeling of being weightless in a Space Ball or climb a digital climbing wall.