The best museums in Stockholm if you like nature

Isn’t nature exciting? If you have an interest in animals, plants, and other things in nature Stockholm has much to offer.

Last updated: September 2, 2017

The city has many museums where you can experience and explore everything from the origins and development of the earth to amazing plants and a fascinating wildlife. Here are six museums where you can go on exciting adventures in the world of biology and nature.

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Biological Museum

Biological Museum Stockholm

The Biological Museum – Photo credit: © eFesenko/Shutterstock.com

The Biological Museum (Biologiska museet) on Djurgården is really a museum with a history. It was opened in 1893 with the purpose to show Scandinavian mammals and birds in their natural environment in a different way . The museum is located next to Skansen and is built in a national romantic style.

Here the diorama technique, a more than a hundred years old exhibition technique, is still used. It can be described as a kind of ecological theater where stuffed animals in their natural environment are shown in booths. The idea is to freeze the experience of living nature and animals for the visitors, and you will meet both moose, bears, birds, mice and other small animals. The are no artificial lighting in the habitat so the light will only enter through the large roof windows. This further helps to create a sense of natural life.

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Hazeliusporten, Djurgården

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Cosmonova

Cosmonova Stockholm

Cosmonova – Photo credit: © Christopher-Robin

Cosmonova, which is an annexe to the Swedish Museum of Natural History, is a combined IMAX cinema (the only one in Sweden) and one of Europe’s leading planetariums. The theater, with its 262 seats, and the technology is unique. On a projection dome of 760 square meters, films are displayed in the world’s largest film format, IMAX.

Additionally, you can now watch films in Sweden’s largest 3D at the museum. The films combine knowledge and entertainment and is mostly about science. During a visit to Cosmonova in Stockholm, you can look forward to breathtaking experiences, and visits to places you otherwise only might reach in your imagination.

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Frescativägen 40

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The Butterfly House

The Butterfly House Stockholm

At the Butterfly House (Fjärilshuset) in Haga Park in Solna, you can walk among the free-flying butterflies in large tropical greenhouses. You get to closely experience their mating dance and see the larvae eat – if you’re lucky you even get to watch a butterfly hatch. The Butterfly House is more than 3000 square meters, and has a tropical environment with a minimum of 700 butterflies of many different species. The temperature is never less than 25 degrees during the day and at night it is at least 18 degrees.

In addition, the museum has one of Scandinavia’s largest shark aquariums with a 30 meter aquarium that holds 1.2 million liters of water. Here swims colorful and exotic fish along with large and small reef sharks.

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Haga Park, Solna

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Swedish Museum of Natural History

Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm

Swedish Museum of Natural History – Photo credit: © canyalcin/Shutterstock.com

Museum of Natural History (Naturhistoriska riksmuseet), located at Frescati, is a biological and geological museum that opened in 1819. The museum has been in its current building since 1916 and is today Sweden’s largest museum facility where also Cosmonova is included.

In this beautiful building of 20 000 square meters and built in Baroque style, you will certainly have a great time if you are interested in the earth, the universe, plants, animals and human biology. The stunning collections contain over nine million animals, plants, fungi, minerals, and fossils from all over the world.

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Frescativägen 40

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Skansen

Skansen museum Stockholm

Skansen – Photo credit: © GagliardiImages/Shutterstock.com

Skansen on the island of Djurgården is the world’s oldest open-air museum and was founded in 1891 with the purpose to show how people lived and worked in different parts of Sweden during the earlier times. They also wanted animals in the museum since they were a part of life in the farming community.

Over the years about 150 historical buildings have been moved to Skansen from all over Sweden, and these are complemented by an extensive zoo where you can watch both wild Nordic animals, domestic animals, pets, and exotic animals. The museum’s vision is to provide insight and experiences of Sweden’s cultural and natural history, and preserve the collections of buildings, objects, plant and animal species.

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Djurgårdsslätten 49, Djurgården

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We wish you a great day, filled with new knowledge, at the nature museums in Stockholm!

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