Museums in Stockholm with free entry

What to do when in Stockholm? There are more answers to that question than you can possibly imagine, but let’s focus on the many museums spread across the city – and more particularly, the ones that offer free entry.

Last updated: September 15, 2020

Below you’ll find a list of museums that you can visit free of charge, along with a brief description of what you’ll find there. Please note that many (but not all) museums in Sweden are closed on Mondays, so click on the link provided to plan your visit.

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Swedish History Museum

Swedish History Museum Stockholm

Swedish History Museum

The Swedish History Museum (Historiska Museet) is located in the Östermalm section of town just a few minutes from Karlaplan subway station and offers a window into Sweden’s lengthy and lively history. New exhibitions open regularly alongside the permanent collection.

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Narvavägen 13-17, Östermalm

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Modern Museum

Modern Museum Stockholm

Modern Museum in Stockholm – Photo: © Holger Ellgaard/Wikimedia Commons

One of the best museums Stockholm has on offer, Modern Museum (Moderna Museet) regularly stages exhibitions of the most interesting contemporary artists working today, as well as retrospectives and a stunning permanent collection that is changed up often. There is also a top-of-the-line restaurant, café, and wine bar, all offering stunning views, and a gift shop that is worth a visit in and of itself.

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Exercisplan 4, Skeppsholmen

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Swedish Museum of Natural History

Museum of Natural History in Stockholm

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

With ten permanent collections that explore our natural world in a wholly unique way, along with visiting exhibitions that deepen our knowledge, the Swedish Museum of Natural History (Naturhistoriska riksmuseet) is perfect for the whole family. While entry is free Cosmonova, with its IMAX theatre, will cost 60 SEK for children and 120 SEK for adults.

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Frescativägen 40

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Swedish Center for Architecture and Design

Swedish Center for Architecture and Design Stockholm

Swedish Center for Architecture and Design – Photo: © ArkDes

Given Sweden’s global reputation for innovative and beautiful design it’s no surprise there is a museum devoted to this area. What makes the Swedish Center for Architecture and Design (Arkitektur- och designcentrum), also called ArkDes, unique is that it not only offers in-house exhibitions, it also offers tours of the city to discover and explore wonderful Swedish design through the ages.

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Exercisplan 4, Skeppsholmen

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Army Museum

Army Museum in Stockholm

The Army Museum

Three floors exploring the history of both war- and peacetime, the Army Museum (Armémuseum) looks at conflict through the eyes of those who lived it. Guided tours compliment the extensive collection, which includes vintage uniforms you can try on and some of the most amazing artifacts detailing life at various periods through history.

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Riddargatan 13, Östermalm

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Museum of Ethnography

Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm

Museum of Ethnography – Photo: © Daderot/Wikimedia Commons

A place to explore the whole world, the Museum of Ethnography (Etnografiska Museet) houses a massive and varied collection that focuses on art, culture, and food. The museum has also recently opened up its storage and brought out more than 6000 items for viewing, so if monkey traps, poisonous arrows or a leopard mask gets you excited this is the place for you.

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Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 34, Djurgården

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The Royal Coin Cabinet

The Royal Coin Cabinet Stockholm

The Royal Coin Cabinet – Photo: © Kungliga Myntkabinettet

If you have an interest in the history of money, finance, and economics, along with social history and the art of medals, do visit the Royal Coin Cabinet (Kungliga Myntkabinettet), where you’ll discover, among other things, the history of coinage covering 2,500 years, one thousand years of Swedish coinage, and archaeological finds dating back to Viking times. And if you bring children, you should not miss the Money Lab (Pengalabbet in Swedish), a room where young people can learn about finances and money. At the moment, the museum is relocating and will open in November 2020.

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Narvavägen 13-17, Östermalm

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The Royal Armoury

The Royal Coin Cabinet (Livrustkammaren) in Stockholm

The Royal Armoury – Photo: © Erik Lernestål/Statens historiska museer

Founded by King Gustav II Adolph in 1628, the Royal Armoury (Livrustkammaren) is the oldest museum in Sweden. Perfect for history buffs, the museum houses robes from royal weddings and coronations, state coaches, and fascinating historic items such as the blood-stained shirt Gustavus Adolphus was wearing when killed in battle, along with the clothing worn by Gustavus III when he was assassinated at the opera in 1792.

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Slottsbacken 3, Old Town

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Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum Stockholm

Maritime Museum – Photo: © Anneli Karlsson, SMM/Wikimedia Commons

At the Maritime Museum (Sjöhistoriska museet) you get the history of the sea in a country where water is never far away. Learn about shipping and commerce, explore old maps and globes, marvel at the wreckage from a submarine, or enjoy one of the regularly scheduled exhibitions.

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Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 24, Djurgården

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National Museum

National Museum Stockholm

National Museum

The National Museum (Nationalmuseum) is the largest art museum in Sweden and located on Blasieholmen. The collection consists of paintings, sculpture 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 objects is about 600,000. The National Museum has been renovated for several years and reopened in October 2018.

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Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, Norrmalm

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Skokloster Castle

Skokloster Castle

Skokloster Castle – Photo: © MyMichelle/Wikimedia Commons

Situated midway halfway between Stockholm and Uppsala on a peninsula that reaches out into the breath-taking Lake Mälaren, Skokloster Castle (Skoklosters slott) was built between 1654 and 1676 and is considered one of the great castles of Baroque Europe. Oddly, it was never completed and much of the castle remains amazingly untouched, such as the banquet hall, where the tools laid down by workers are still where they left them.

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Skoklosters slott, Skokloster

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World Culture Museums

Museum of East Asia in Stockholm

Museum of East Asia – Photo: © Daderot/Wikimedia Commons

In the World Culture Museums (Världskulturmuseerna) – Mediterranean Museum (Medelhavsmuseet) and Museum of East Asia (Östasiatiska Museet) – you can discover ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Far East right in the heart of Stockholm. With collections ranging from mummies to ancient Egyptian footwear and coffins, along with incredible archives and an exploration of expeditions, this collection of museums will inspire you in a way you might not have imagined.

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Mediterranean Museum
Fredsgatan 2, Norrmalm

Museum of East Asia
Tyghusplan 4, Skeppsholmen

We wish you a wonderful day, filled with new knowledge, at the museums in Stockholm with free entry!

Featured image: © Erik Lernestål/Statens historiska museer

Find the museums with free entry on the map

Title Address Description
Swedish History Museum
Narvavägen 13-17, 114 84 Stockholm, Sverige

Narvavägen 13-17
114 84 Stockholm

Modern Museum
Exercisplan 4, 111 49 Stockholm, Sverige

Exercisplan 4
111 49 Stockholm

Swedish Museum of Natural History
Frescativägen 40, 114 18 Stockholm, Sverige

Frescativägen 40
114 18 Stockholm

Swedish Center for Architecture and Design
Exercisplan 4, 111 49 Stockholm, Sverige

Exercisplan 4
111 49 Stockholm

Army Museum
Riddargatan 13, 114 51 Stockholm, Sverige

Riddargatan 13
114 51 Stockholm

Museum of Ethnography
Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 34, 115 27 Stockholm, Sverige

Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 34
115 27 Stockholm

Royal Coin Cabinet
Narvavägen 13, 114 60 Stockholm, Sverige

Narvavägen 13-17
114 84 Stockholm

Royal Armoury
Slottsbacken 3, 111 30 Stockholm, Sverige

Slottsbacken 3
111 30 Stockholm

Maritime Museum
Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 24, 115 27 Stockholm, Sverige

Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 24
115 27 Stockholm

National Museum
Nationalmuseum, 111 48 Stockholm, Sverige

Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2
111 48 Stockholm

Mediterranean Museum
Fredsgatan 2, 111 52 Stockholm, Sverige

Fredsgatan 2
111 52 Stockholm

Museum of East Asia
Tyghusplan, 111 49 Stockholm, Sverige

Tyghusplan
111 49 Stockholm

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Find the museums with free entry on the map

Title Address Description
Swedish History Museum
Narvavägen 13-17, 114 84 Stockholm, Sverige

Narvavägen 13-17
114 84 Stockholm

Modern Museum
Exercisplan 4, 111 49 Stockholm, Sverige

Exercisplan 4
111 49 Stockholm

Swedish Museum of Natural History
Frescativägen 40, 114 18 Stockholm, Sverige

Frescativägen 40
114 18 Stockholm

Swedish Center for Architecture and Design
Exercisplan 4, 111 49 Stockholm, Sverige

Exercisplan 4
111 49 Stockholm

Army Museum
Riddargatan 13, 114 51 Stockholm, Sverige

Riddargatan 13
114 51 Stockholm

Museum of Ethnography
Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 34, 115 27 Stockholm, Sverige

Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 34
115 27 Stockholm

Royal Coin Cabinet
Narvavägen 13, 114 60 Stockholm, Sverige

Narvavägen 13-17
114 84 Stockholm

Royal Armoury
Slottsbacken 3, 111 30 Stockholm, Sverige

Slottsbacken 3
111 30 Stockholm

Maritime Museum
Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 24, 115 27 Stockholm, Sverige

Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 24
115 27 Stockholm

National Museum
Nationalmuseum, 111 48 Stockholm, Sverige

Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2
111 48 Stockholm

Mediterranean Museum
Fredsgatan 2, 111 52 Stockholm, Sverige

Fredsgatan 2
111 52 Stockholm

Museum of East Asia
Tyghusplan, 111 49 Stockholm, Sverige

Tyghusplan
111 49 Stockholm

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