While a free museum is not to be ignored (particularly in a city like Stockholm, where the delightful Modern Museum offers free entry) there are any number of museums that have very reasonable entrance fees and should be firmly placed on your Must See list.
Here are our top five favorites among the paying museums in Stockholm:
Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet)
Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in Scandinavia
Housed in a building that allows parts of the ship to project above the roofline, the Vasa Museum is endlessly fascinating, with tours, films, and more history than most people can handle. The Vasa also features an excellent gift shop and restaurant. Be warned, though, it’s one of the most popular destinations in Stockholm so arrive early to beat the crowds.
Galärvarvsvägen 14, Djurgården
Skansen is the world’s first open-air museum – Photo credit: © yegorovnick/Shutterstock.com
Founded in 1891, Skansen is the world’s first open-air museum and is the perfect way to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors. In addition to five centuries of living Swedish history, there is a zoo that allows native animals such as reindeer to live in natural surroundings, as well as houses and farmsteads brought here from all over the country. There are also regularly scheduled festivals and workshops (such as glassblowing). Take the tram to the top and begin your exploration.
Djurgårdsslätten 49-51, Djurgården
Museum of Spirits (Spritmuseum)
Spritmuseum is a unique meeting point for spirit and art – Photo © Per-Erik Adamsson
Despite Sweden’s tortured relationship with alcohol, this hidden gem on Djurgården embraces the good nectar, not only covering the history, manufacture, and consumption of booze but also exploring drinking songs and holiday traditions. The Museum of Spirits is a museum, art gallery, tasting room, bar, restaurant and shop in the same place.
ViewStockholm recommends the tasting tray that you can buy in the bar, including three snaps and one punch. Our second favorite feature is the hangover room. We dare you to try it. And don’t forget to check out the Absolut Art gallery!
Djurgårdsvägen 38, Djurgården
Discover some of the world’s best photography at Fotografiska – Photo © A. Aleksandravicius/Shutterstock.com
Located in a former customs house designed by legendary Swedish architect Ferdinand Boberg, Fotografiska opened in 2010 with the Annie Leibovitz exhibition A Photographer’s Life. It’s only gotten better from there: at any given time there are four unique main exhibitions, along with 20 smaller exhibitions annually. Fotografiska is also home to an academy, bistro, bar, café, and multiple event spaces – and it has some of the best views in Stockholm.
Stadsgårdshamnen 22, Södermalm
ABBA The Museum
Thank ABBA for the music at their museum – Photo © Lasse Ansaharju/Shutterstock.com
Prepare to thank everyone in Sweden for the music because ABBA The Museum doesn’t just cover everyone’s favorite Eurovision winners, it also houses the Swedish Music Hall of Fame, where you might just be surprised to discover how many of your favorite songs were actually recorded by Swedes.
This is an incredibly interactive museum that will keep you busy for much of the day: get onstage, create your own chart topper, or wait for the piano to play (which it will eventually – it’s linked to Benny’s house and plays whenever he does). The restaurant linked next door serves top of the line Swedish delicacies. ViewStockholm recommends trying the audio guide (20 SEK), where members of the band narrate their personal stories and memories from their career.
Djurgårdsvägen 68, Djurgården
The Viking Museum – Vikingaliv
The Viking Museum – Vikingaliv – Photo © Anders E. Skånberg
Vikingaliv (Viking Museum) recently opened 2017 with an impressive exhibition of the archaeology and history of the Viking era. The interactive exhibits include skeletons, weapons, dioramas and exciting tales for the children on an 11-minute journey through time in Ragnfrid’s Saga.
Djurgårdsvägen 48, Djurgården
As you can see, there are many great paying museums in Stockholm to choose from. Use our handy map below to find them. We wish you a pleasant visit!
Photo credit: © yegorovnick/Shutterstock.com