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In Sweden, museums are anything but boring and stuffy. The Nobel Museum, for example, is small but delightful, and surprisingly high-tech. The Museum of Modern Art not only has Bacons and Warhols on display but also progressive video art; and the Vasa Museum uses modern techniques to portray life on a medieval Viking ship. These are 3 top Stockholm museums in a nutshell.
For a small capital, Stockholm has quite a lot to offer culturally. There are dozens of museums in all imaginable categories, from classic and modern art to science and Vikings. When the sun refuses to shine, there is still plenty to do. If you are planning to visit several museums, it’s advisable to get a Stockholm Card, which gives you unlimited public transport and access to more than 80 museums and attractions for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days.
In Moderna Museet, Stockholm’s Museum of Modern Art that was beautifully rebuilt by Spaniard Rafael Moneo, you can enjoy one of the world’s most prestigious 20th-century art collections with works by the likes of Picasso, Dalí, Bacon and Warhol. In addition, the museum houses progressive video art, film, dance and music, a trendy café and restaurant, and a well-stocked museum shop. An admission ticket costs €13.50 and part of the museum can be visited for free on Fridays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Alfred Nobel’s most famous invention – dynamite – is on display in a beautifully lit display case. Einstein, Röntgen, and 874 other Nobel Prize winners are also honoured: their portraits – accompanied by texts and explanations – move through the museum above visitors by means of a rail system. There are also biographic films on the winners and the ‘e-museum’ contains a complete moving Nobel encyclopaedia and various interactive installations. Enjoy a cup of coffee at the museum café and let all the impressions sink in.
The Vasa was once the largest, most powerful and most garish warship in the world. But it sank under the weight of all the weaponry on board during its first journey in 1628 only minutes after putting to sea. The ship lay on the seafloor for more than 3 centuries. When it was rediscovered half a century ago, it turned out to be virtually completely intact. The recovery of the ship was a 2-year monster operation and media circus. This giant ship is still a must-see for all Stockholm visitors.