Do you like art and beautiful things? Are you fond of photography? Then you’ve come to the right place. Stockholm has a lot to offer the art fan. The city is full of museums and art galleries, so you’ll have no problem cultivating your interest.
Last updated: September 29, 2020
Why not start with one or several of these highlights for the art and photography fan:
The Modern Museum – Photo credit: © Holger Ellgaard/Wikimedia Commons
Modern Museum (‘Moderna Museet’ in Swedish) is located on Skeppsholmen and is a museum of Swedish, Nordic, and international modern and contemporary art. The collections include contemporary painting, sculpture, photography, and art film from the year 1900 onwards, and also photographs from about 1840. The Modern Museum organizes several major exhibitions each year and a variety of medium and small exhibitions. It also collaborates with institutions outside of Sweden in the form of touring exhibitions.
The National Museum
The National Museum (Nationalmuseum) is the largest art museum in Sweden and is located on Blasieholmen. The collection consists of paintings, sculptures, and paper works from about the 1500s to the 1900s, as well as art craft and design objects from the 1500s to the present. The total number of items is about 600,000. The National Museum has been renovated for several years and reopened in October 2018.
Liljevalchs – Photo credit: © David Magnusson
Liljevalchs art gallery is located on Djurgården and was founded in 1916 to make art more accessible to everyone. Art, sculpture, installations, but also crafts are displayed in several exhibitions a year, mainly contemporary works, both Swedish and foreign. Since 1921 Liljevalchs also arranges the annual Spring Exhibition (‘Vårsalongen’), which often consists of works from the public or non-famous artists selected by a jury. It has been called Stockholm’s surest sign of spring.
The Hallwyl Museum – Photo credit: © Erik Lernestål/Wikimedia Commons
The Hallwyl Museum (Hallwylska Museet) is a Swedish cultural history museum housed in the Hallwyl Palace. The house was built between 1893 and 1898 as the Stockholm residence for Walther and Wilhelmina von Hallwyl. Wilhelmina von Hallwyl acquired vast collections of art, antiques, guns, china, and silver, and decided early to preserve her home as a museum. The Hallwyl collection includes over 50,000 well-documented objects.
Artipelag – Photo credit: © Anders Fredriksen
Artipelag is a Swedish art gallery beautifully set close to nature on Värmdö in the Stockholm Archipelago, just 20 minutes from Stockholm city. You can go here by bus, car, or boat. The name Artipelag is a fusion of art, activities, and archipelago and says a lot about what they offer; boundary-crossing art exhibitions, inspiring activities, and good food.
Fotografiska – Photo credit © A. Aleksandravicius/Shutterstock.com
Fotografiska is a Swedish museum and forum for photography located in Stora Tullhuset in Stadsgårdshamnen. The purpose is to show well-known prominent photographers as well as new names. It’s also to establish the Swedish art of photography globally and international photographic art in Sweden. Since it started in 2010, the museum has had exhibitions with Annie Leibovitz, Anton Corbijn, Nick Brandt, Helen Levitt, Robert Mapplethorpe, Albert Watson, Sarah Moon, André Kertész, Gus Van Sant, and Christer Strömholm, among others.
In addition to the exhibitions, the museum offers courses, lectures, and workshops for both amateur and professional photographers. There is also a cafe, a restaurant, a shop, and a gallery of pictures for sale.
Sven-Harrys konstmuseum – Photo credit: © I99pema/Wikimedia Commons
Sven-Harry’s Art Museum (‘Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum’ in Swedish) was founded by Sven Harry Karlsson and opened in March 2011. It is located in Vasaparken and houses a museum, art gallery, roof terrace, and restaurant. It is designed to highlight excellence in art and construction and to conduct a varied exhibition program. The art gallery, which is about 400 square meters, displays various exhibitions primarily of Swedish artists, both established and unestablished.
It’s divided into three larger halls, and downstairs is a media room where film and video programs are displayed in connection with the exhibitions. A unique piece of the art gallery is located on the roof of the building. There is a copy of Sven-Harry’s former home, a 1700s farm. It lets you step into Sven-Harry’s ‘home’ and take part in the art collection he has built up during 35 years of dedicated collecting.
Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde – Photo credit: © Anders E. Skånberg
It’s also called Prince Eugene’s Waldemarsudde since the Swedish prince Eugene (1865-1947) lived and worked as an artist here. It is an art museum located in an area with historic buildings on Djurgården. The main building, ‘The Castle,’ and the art gallery was built in 1905 and 1913, and in the area, you can also find the world unique Waldemarsudde oil mill from the 1780s.
Today, the museum is one of Sweden’s most visited art museums. It offers a varied and extensive exhibition and lots of activities. The prince’s residence and his extensive art collection, together with his own works, are displayed. The collection includes artworks by Nils Kreuger, Oscar Björck, Ernst Josephson, Richard Bergh, Anders Zorn, Ivan Aguéli, and Isaac Grünewald. In the garden, you can also find several works of sculptors.
Bonniers Konsthall – Photo credit: © Petter Cohen
Bonniers Konsthall opened in 2006 and is located in central Stockholm. The Art Gallery supports contemporary art and shows art from around the world. Most of their exhibitions are self-produced.
Färgfabriken – Photo credit: © Åke E.son Lindman
Färgfabriken (‘Color Factory’) is an art gallery located in an industrial building from 1889 in the southern district Liljeholmen. The art gallery was established in 1995 and is an exhibition space for contemporary art, architecture, urbanism, and community development. It shows five to ten exhibitions each year and also organizes discussions, workshops, seminars, and lectures.
Millesgården – Photo credit: © Anders E. Skånberg
Millesgården opened 1999 and is an art museum and a sculpture park on the island Lidingö, located only ten minutes from Stockholm. Until 1931 it was the home, studio, and garden of the artist and sculptor Carl Milles. Today Millesgården houses an art gallery, a sculpture park, a restaurant, an antique collection, and a shop. It is mainly showing the work of Milles himself. You can also find the beautiful garden ‘Emma Lundberg Garden’ when you visit Millesgården.
Magasin 3 – Photo credit: © Christian Saltas
The Art Gallery Magasin 3 was founded in 1987 and is an institution for contemporary art. Today it has a collection of over 600 works of art. Magasin is located in Frihamnen (Stockholm Harbor) in an old warehouse from 1920. The objective is to support the arts and actively work in the community by introducing and presenting artists. Since its inception, the gallery has made extensive exhibitions by internationally known artists.
Thielska Galleriet – Photo credit: © Arild Vågen/Wikimedia Commons
The Thiel Gallery (‘Thielska Galleriet’) is an art museum beautifully located in a park on Blockhusudden on Djurgården. It is today considered one of Sweden’s finest art museums. The museum was created by financier Ernest Thiel, one of Sweden’s most significant art collectors. The unique collection from the last century contains artwork by Bruno Liljefors, Edvard Munch, Eugène Jansson, Carl Larsson, August Strindberg, and Anders Zorn, among others. The museum also shows temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists.
Edsvik Konsthall – Photo credit: © Holger Ellgaard/Wikimedia Commons
Edsvik Konsthall (Edsvik Art Gallery) opened in 1996 and is an art gallery located at Edsbergs castle in Sollentuna, north of Stockholm. It shows Swedish and international contemporary art, and it is said to be Sweden’s second-largest art gallery. The art gallery exhibits 15-20 exhibitions a year and also conducts courses in painting and drawing for youth and adults.
We wish you a great time, filled with wonderful artistic experiences, at the best art museums and galleries in Stockholm!
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