The Best Museums and Galleries in Stockholm

If you’ve ticked off the list of the top 10 cheap things to do in Stockholm and you’re ready for some culture, it’s time to hit up the museums and galleries of Stockholm. And have you already booked into the coolest Stockholm accommodation too?

Moderna Museet

Museum of Modern Art

The Moderna Museet is the most visited art museum in Sweden. It’s located on one of the most interesting islands in Stockholm, Skeppsholmen. It’s also right next to the Museum of Architecture is huge and has one of the most creative and fun art shops in town. Keep an eye on the ever-changing line up to see the most up-to-date and innovative exhibitions – there are always a few every season. 

All the exhibitions have guided tours included in the admission price and for the museum’s collection you can borrow the audio-guides for free.

  • Entry: SEK 100 (€12)
  • Open: Tue 10am-8pm, Wed-Sun 10am-6pm

Vasameet

Climb aboard for a lesson in Swedish history at the Vasameet – Vasa Museum. Here you’ll find Stockholm’s most prized heirloom: the 69-metre-long, 380-year-old warship Vasa, which sank just 20 minutes into her maiden voyage in 1628. After being salvaged from the waters in 1961 Vasa was ceremoniously installed in the stunning, custom-designed Vasamuseet (Vasa museum) in 2000.

There are many popular myths floating around Stockholm to explain the doomed fate of the mighty warship, but the majority were debunked when The Archaeology of a Swedish Warship of 1628 was published in 2007. This book, and the exhibition give the real story which is filled with historical interest.

  • Entry: SEK 110 (€13)
  • Open: every day 10am-5pm and Wednesdays 10am-8pm 

Fotografiska

This photography museum was opened in May 2010 by the famous Annie Leibovitz. The standard has remained high since her opening exhibition ‘A Photographer’s Life’ and you’ll always find inspiring photo exhibitions here.

The museum is situated in Slussen just by the water and with a great view over Skeppsholmen – where you’ll find the Moderna Museet – and the Djurgarden. There are also two great cafes both inside and outside where you can enjoy some tea and cake.

  • Entry: SEK 110 (£13)
  • Open: everyday from 10am-9pm

Magasin 3

Magasin 3’s artistic focus is on the newest artistic talent that’s pioneering in the art world. The gallery is housed in a port warehouse that dates back to the 1930s – an incredible venue to show off the outstanding work. The art space’s non-profit founders FACE (Foundation of Arts for a Contemporary Europe) have changing exhibitions of artists from the well curated in-house collection.

With the goal of interpreting and reflecting today’s society, their chosen works, much like their publications and lectures, deal with up-to-the-minute contemporary art.

  • Entry: SEK 110 (€13)
  • Open: everyday from 10am-9pm

Arkitektur Museet

Cool museums in Stockholm

The Museum of Architecture is a permanent exhibition filled with multimedia stations and cool workshops. The chronological work tables feature models, pictures and texts describing hundreds of years of building where you can read about influences, urban planning ideas and the evolution of the architect’s profession. There are also photographs adorning the walls describing the process and history too.

  • Entry: SEK 60 (€7)
  • Open: Tuesday (10am-8pm) Wed-Sun (10am-6pm)

Thanks to Mispahn and  nicksieger for the excellent images from Flickr. Please note, all images were used under the Creative Commons License at the time of posting. 

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