In the Swedish capital, you’ll find everything from an intact but flawed 17th century battleship to the secrets of Swedish homes at the Wine & Spirits Historical Museum. The variety of options to get closer to what Sweden is, it’s available in every single one of the museums I’m going to tell you about, so keep reading, you’ll want to visit them all.
Malmö is home to the Form & Design Center, which delights design mavens, and Leksaksland, a fun toy museum for the whole family. Gothenburg boasts the Volvo Museum, the Universum Science Centre and the Museum of World Culture, which features exhibitions on topics ranging from AIDS in Africa to eco-fashion.
Visit the wreck decks of a medieval ship at the Vasa Museum, a maritime tribute to the warship that never made it further than the Stockholm harbor on her maiden voyage in 1628. Located on the island of Djurgårdens, the museum is home to the only intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Vasa that plunged into the bowels of the Baltic.
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Moderna Museet on Skeppsholmen is a Stockholm tribute to modern art. Its large collection of contemporary art features artworks from 1900 to the present day, including a photography collection that includes work from 1840.
The permanent collection includes works by artists such as Duchamp, Picasso, Dalí, Matisse and Rauschenberg (don’s miss Rauschenberg’s tire-encircled stuffed Angora goat, one of the museum’s most notable pieces on display), as well as some Andy Warhol’s work and contemporary Italian art. It also features rotating exhibitions.
Also situated on the island of Djurgårdens, the Nordic Museum offers a glimpse into Swedish cultural history and ethnography. Exhibits include everything from historical photos and fashion throughout the ages to Swedish interior design and textiles.