After being closed for the last five years, Sweden’s Nationalmuseum has finally reopened in Stockholm. With a major collection showcasing over 5,000 works at a time, it promises to be an incredible venue for those looking to understand Sweden’s art and design history.
The original space, opened in 1866 and designed by German architect Friedrich August Stüler, had seen numerous additions and addendums, making for a slightly incoherent space that was in need of an overhaul. Wingårdhs and Wikerstål Arkitekter has transformed the exhibition space, sculpture park, events space, and restaurant to make for a much more modern, light-filled museum.
The new plans included uncovering over 300 windows, all of which had been covered since the 1930s, and additional technology including climate control and an extensive lighting system.
Nationalmusuem’s collection includes tableware, portraiture, both historic and contemporary jewelry, Swedish 19th century paintings, and graphic design such as a collection of Swedish icon Olle Eksell’s work. With pieces dating from the 16th century to today, the museum offers an extensive overview of Swedish aesthetics, art, and design.
Whether you’re into furniture or Greta Garbo, there’s something for you at the latest iteration of this important museum.
Take a look at Sweden’s beautiful Nationalmuseum, located right on the water in Stockholm:
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2
111 48 Stockholm
Tues, Weds, Fri – Sun 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thurs 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Ticket Price: The permanent collection of the museum is free for all. Temporary exhibitions are 150 SEK for adults, 120 for seniors and students, and free for those under 20 years old