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Best Museums in Stockholm

Updated on July 19, 2009

Stockholm, Sweden

 Sweden has more than 400 museums with the capital city Stockholm having more than 100 museums. With so many great museums to choose from and with each museum exhibiting a subject from art to natural history, there are several that kids will enjoy too. Above all, admission to most of the best museums in Stockholm are free making it one of the top things to do while visiting Stockholm in Sweden.

Best museum in Stockholm
Best museum in Stockholm

Stockholm museums

 Vasa Museum in Stockholm
Definitely considered one of the best museums in Stockholm, Vasa Museum is a popular tourist attraction. World's oldest known complete ship, the Vasa, sank in the sea in 1628 and was salvaged in 1961 later on restored meticulously. The vast scale and the beauty of Vasa is stunning with almost 700 wooden sculptures and figures adorn the ship's length and breadth. The museum tells the story of how Vasa was built, how and why the ship sunk and how it was lifted from the murky depths of Lake Malaren in Stockholm and then perfectly preserved that the visitors of this fantastic museum can admire.


Skansen Museum Stockholm
This was the first open air museum to open in the world, opened in 1891, often called as "Old Sweden in a Nutshell". This open air museum features more than 100 reconstructed dwellings scattered over more than 70 acres.  The exhibits include windmills, manor houses, blacksmith shops and a complete town quarter that was meticulously rebuilt. Visitors can even see how trading was done in those days. There is even  a small zoo with about 70 different animals such as reindeer, seal, lynx, brown bear and a wolverine.

Naturhistoriska Museum Stockholm
Museum of National Antiquities is full of past and is perfect time traveling experience.

Milles museum stockholm
Milles museum stockholm

 Moderna Museum Stockholm
One of the fun museums for kids, the Moderna Museum is one of the best museums in Stockholm, Sweden. This museum showcases modern art and is especially strong in Cubist paintings with works by Picasso, Braque, Leger. Highlights are Apollo decoupage and the celebrated Enigma of William Tell. The present collections include 5000 paintings and sculptures and around 25000 watercolors, graphics and 100,000 photographs.

Nobel Museum in Stockholm

Nordic Museum

Museum of Architecture

Aquaria Museum Stockholm

National Museum in Stockholm
Founded in 1792, the National Museum in Stockholm is one of the oldest museums in the world and is Sweden’s largest and best museum of world art. It exhibits a largest art collection that includes 16,000 paintings plus over 30,000 drawings and art prints, with work of artists such as Gauguin, Renoir, El Greco, Rembrandt, Zorn, Bellini, Lotto, Poussin. The first floor is dedicated to applied arts with silverware, handicrafts, procelain and Empire furnishing with furniture and tapestries.

Skansen Folk Museum in Stockholm Sweden

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