10 Stockholm’s museums with free entrance

10 Stockholm’s museums with free entrance

Few years ago, Swedish government decided that every person should have equal access to cultural heritage in Sweden and made many of museum free of charge. That make a Sweden a good destination for travellers who love wandering around exhibitions and learn about different things.

Most of the museums with free access you will find in the capital of Sweden – Stockholm. In this post you will find the list of them.

1. Swedish Museum of Natural History (Naturhistoriska riksmuseet)

Address: Frescativägen 40, 114 18 Stockholm

How to get there: The easiest way to reach the museum is by subway, get off on Universitet station, walk around 5 minutes

Website: https://www.nrm.se/en/16

Opening hours:

Due to Covid-19 restriction you need to pre-book your entry. You can do it on the museum’s website. Possibility times of visiting:

Tuesday – Friday:

 1st entry: 12:15 p.m. – 02:30 p.m.

2nd entry: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday- Sunday

1st entry: 10 am – 12:30 p.m.

2nd entry: 01:15 p.m. – 03:30 p.m.

3rd entry:4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Note: Required pre- booking of ticket (free of charge)

Swedish Museum of Natural History is one of my favourites in Stockholm. It is located in a beautiful building, with several floors full of exhibitions. You can find there  among others Swedish Nature, Life in Water, Diversity of Life Polar Regions and more. My favourite exhibition is one about dinosaurs and pre-history.

2. Museum of Ethnography (Etnografiska museet)

Address: Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 34, Stockholm

How to get there: The easiest way to reach museum is by bus 69 from Sergels Torg, get out on bus stop called Museiparken. If you like to walk you can also take a subway to Kungsträdgårdet, walk through Strandvägen, Diplomatparken and along Djurgårdsbrunnsviken. The walk will take around 30 minutes.

Website: https://www.etnografiskamuseet.se/en/

Opening hours: Please check if there are not any changes due to COVID-19)

Thursday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Monday – Wednesday closed

Note: Some of exhibitions are not available due to COVID – 19, there is also a limitation of visitors

After living for 6 years in Stockholm, finally I managed to visit Museum of Ethnography.  

It is a middle-size museum with interesting exhibition about different cultures. You can find there exhibits from around the world showing differences between ways of living. Exhibits were collected during 18th century  as well as exhibits collected by Sven Hedin during his round the world sailing trip in the early 20th century.

It is a nice museum for visit while walking around Djurgården.

3. The Marine Museum (Sjöhistoriska Museet)

Address: Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 24, Stockholm

How to get there: The easiest way to reach museum is by bus 69 from Sergels Torg , get out on bus stop called Museiparken. If you like to walk you can also take a subway to Kungsträdgårdet, walk through Strandvägen, Diplomatparken and along Djurgårdsbrunnsviken. The walk will take around 30 minutes.

Website: https://www.sjohistoriska.se/en

Opening hours:

Thursday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Monday – Wednesday: closed

Note: Right now, museum is still closed for the public due to COVID -19 restrictions. For more information check the website.

 

This museum is as well one of my favourite museums is Stockholm. I was always fascinated by ships and sea voyages which were a first option of traveling. In the museum you can find many exhibits from voyages, seaman’s life as well as models of different ships, weapons and much more. According to the museum’s website ¨ merchant shipping history and naval history collections can compare with the finest in the world. They comprise some 100,000 objects, including over 1500 models of ships and boats.

Visiting museum plan to have minimum two hours to enjoy it.

4. The Swedish History Museum (Historiska Museet)

Address: Narvavägen 13-17, Stockholm

How to get there: The easiest way to reach museum is by bus 69 from Sergels Torg or tram 7, get out on bus stop called Djurgårdsbron.  You can reach museum as well by subway (red line), stop on Karlaplan or Östermalmstorg.

Website: https://historiska.se/home/

Opening hours:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Museum show through their 11 exhibitions history of world from Stone Age until modern times. You can learn among others about history of Sweden, medieval art, music and even massacres.

5. The Economy Museum - Royal Coin Cabinet (Kungliga myntkabinettet)

Address: Narvavägen 13-17, Stockholm

How to get there:  You will find this museum in History Museum building. You can get there walking from subway stations Östermalmstorg or Karlaplan (red line). If you do not like walk so much you can take a bus 67 and drop – off on the bus stop called Historiska Museet.

Website: https://ekonomiskamuseet.se/

Opening hours:  Please check if there are any changes due to COVID-19

Monday: closed

Tuesday – Sunday: 11 a.m – 5 p.m

Wednesday: 11 a.m – 8 p.m

I have visited this museum many years ago, when was still located in front of the castle in the old town. Making research before writing the post I realised that they change concept of this museum as well there will be available new exhibitions among other about hyperinflation. I look forward to visiting this place again and learn more about economy and its history. You can also find there money from different places and different times in history.

6. Army Museum (Armémuseum)

Address: Riddargatan 13, Stockholm

How to get there: Take a subway to station Kungsträdgården (blue line) or Östermalmstorg (red line), walk around 10 minutes from Kungsträdgården and 5 minutes from Östermalm.  

Website: https://www.armemuseum.se/

Opening hours: Please check if there are any changes due to COVID-19

Monday: closed

Thursday – Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

If you are intrested in war and army history, you will like this museum. You can find there three floors filled with interesting exhibitions from medieval time until nowadays. You can learn how war and conflicts affect humanity, follow develop of weapons as well as learn Raoul Wallenberg history, who helped over 20 000 people during II World War.

What I like about this museum is that every time I learn something new visiting it. In the museum is possible to see as well special exhibitions (changeable theme). Entry for extra exhibitions is paid. However, the las ne about Secret Agent Women costed 50 SEK (around 4,50€).

7. The Royal Armory (Livrustkammaren)

Address: Slottsbacken 3, Stockholm

How to get there:  Museum is located at the Royal Palace. You can take the subway and drop – off at Kungsträdgården station (blue line), then walk around 10 minutes or if you travel by red or green line, I recommend getting out at Gamla Stan station and take walk through Stockholm’s beautiful old town before visiting museum.

Website: http://livrustkammaren.se

Opening hours:  Please check if there are any changes due to COVID-19

Monday: closed

Tuesday – Sunday: 11 a.m – 5 p.m

Thursday: 11 a.m – 8 p.m

Have you been dreaming as a child to become a princess or a prince? Most of us did that even if we do not remember it 😉. This place allowed you to enter a royal world of kings, and queens. You can see how royalty used to dress before, how they had been travelling and more. As it was an original Swedish armoury you will see there as well ceremonial equipment, weapons, and costumes. According to Wikipedia it is the oldest museum in Stockholm.

8. Medieval Museum (Medeltidsmuseet)

Address: Strömparterren 3, Stockholm

How to get there:  Museum is located under Norrbo, between Royal Palace and Opera. You can take the subway and drop – off at Kungsträdgården station (blue line), then walk around 10 minutes or if you travel by red or green line, I recommend to get out at Gamla Stan station and take walk through Stockholm’s beautiful old town before visiting museum.

Website: https://medeltidsmuseet.stockholm.se/in-english/

Opening hours:  The museum is temporarily closed due to the Corona situation. I will update you as soon as museum will be open again.

Do you like Medieval times? In this museum history comes alive again. An interesting fact is that this museum is built around largest excavation in Stockholm. It is worth to visit.

9. National Museum (Nationalmuseum)

Address: Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2

How to get there:  You can take the subway and drop – off at Kungsträdgården station (blue line), take exit towards Skärgårdsbåtarna walk around 10 minutes.

Website: https://www.nationalmuseum.se/en/

Opening hours: The museum is temporarily closed due to the pandemic situation.However, they have opened a paid exhibition ¨Zorn – A Swedish Superstar¨

I have not been in that museum yet. I am looking forward to visiting it as soon as will be open. The National Museum is focus mostly on art and design.

10. Museum of Mediterranean and near Eastern Antiquities (Medelhavsmuseet)

Address: Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm

How to get there:  The museum is in the middle of central Stockholm. The closest subway stations are T -Centralen and Kungsträdgården.

Website: https://www.medelhavsmuseet.se/en

Opening hours:  

Monday – Tuesday: closed

Wednesday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

I am so exited that this museum is open again. I do not know how it is possible that living 7 years in Stockholm I have not been there yet. It is one of four museums in Stockholm showing a world culture. It this particular one exhibition is focus on Mediterranean and near Eastern Antiquities. I am looking forward to visiting it.

That would be everything for today. I hope my list of free museum will help you to plan summer activities in Stockholm :D. 

See you on the road,

Kaja 

Västerås – an industrial city with its own charm

Västerås – an industrial city with its own charm

Year 2020 is over. It was a weird and different year that no one expected. Most of the world is still fighting with the pandemic and more countries are setting up more local restrictions and even full lockdowns.

I can say that I have luck living in Sweden, where we have not had tough restrictions nor have we had any lockdown. We can still travel around home as long as we keep distance from others and try to not travel during rush hours.

We took that possibility and decided to visit a nearby town, where Carlos used to work before, and hometown of a friend of mine. The industrial town with its own charm – Västerås

Västerås – where to find it

Västerås is a city located in central Sweden, on the shore of lake Mälaren around 100 km from Stockholm. The city is well connected with the capital by trains operated by SJ (company operating trains in Sweden), which gives a good possibility for people to commute between the two cities. A train trip takes around 1 hour and in rush hours there is a train departing every half an hour.  As I mentioned in the introduction, we tried to travel there while avoiding rush hours, but it was still easy due to trains departing once per hour.

Where to stay

As we live within an one-hour train trip from Västerås, we did not need accommodation there. However, as there are many big companies there like ABB, Hitachi, or Bombardier, you can find many accommodation options. I would even say that for the size of that city there is surprisingly many hotels there. You can easily book your accommodation here. (link to booking.com)

Due to the pandemic situation, before booking any accommodation check if it is open. Most people who need accommodation in Västerås are business travellers, which are not so common right now, resulting in some hotels being closed.  

Where to eat

I have been twice in Västerås until now, and we have visited four different places. Two restaurants for lunch, one café for coffee break and one for some drinks with a friend.

Kajens Café, Mälargatan 4Dl Västerås

Being first time in Västerås Carlos invited me to a place where he went before with his colleagues. It is a small café/restaurant with a beautiful view to the lake and tasty food. You can choose between Swedish cuisine like me or something more conventional like pizza or grilled panini.

I like this place. The food we ordered was tasty, the portions were more than enough, and the price was ok. We went there during lunch time, in which most restaurants have a special deal and most of the time coffee is included in the price.

Choys Garden, Smedjegatan 2 

During our second visit to Västerås Kajens Café was closed, so we needed to find another place. We decided to have some Asian cuisine at Choys Garden.

The place was ok, but I do not think that we will come back there. The food was cheap for Swedish standards. We paid around 100 SEK per person and it was a buffe, so you can eat as much as you want. However, as I am a person with small stomach and appetite, it is not a big deal for me. 

The biggest no, and the reason why we will not come back there, is that the place was a little bit dirty. I think it was due to few personnel, and at the time of our visit they had many customers. Maybe in different circumstances my impression would be different.

In Sweden Asian Buffe restaurants are commonand you can find minimum one in each city. After visiting one in Västerås during the pandemic, I think that these type of restaurants could have problems to adapt to a new ¨keep distance¨ restrictions.

During our visit there I saw a lot of people coming at the same time to the buffet, even though signs showed that maximum 4 people should be at the same time. The problem is also that everyone is serving food with the same spoons, so there is a risk of getting sick if some guests does not put attention to disinfecting their hands and keeping distance.

Global Living, Smedjegatan 13, Västerås

Global Living is a charming coffee break/lunch/evening drink place. We went there twice for FIKA 😊, so we tried only sweets and coffee. I can recommend the hot chocolate, which was one of the best that I have had in Sweden.

This place is special. You can find there ¨avant-garde design¨ and it is possible to purchase many of the furniture and accessories you see there as well. So, if you like any painting there it is only a matter of asking the staff about it 😊.

Bistro Gränden, Smedjegatan 7,

Bistro Gränden looks like a nice restaurant for a romantic dinner with your partner, or a place for evening drinks with friends. We visited it to spend time with a friend and wait in a warm place until it was time to take  our train back.

The place is nice and warm with a wide selection of food and drinks. We ordered 3 mojitos and some French fries. It was tasty and the price was good for Swedish standards. As I live in Stockholm, and I compare the price in Bistro Gränden to a similar restaurant in Stockholm, I would even say that the price there was surprisingly low.

I highly recommend this place and we will come back in the future. Maybe next time it will be for a romantic dinner 😊.

What to visit

Västmanland County Museum, Karlsgatan 2

The first place we visited in Västerås was the Västmanland County Museum. You can learn there about the region and city´s history, about how big impact the ABB Company had in the development of the city and much more.

We had the chance of seeing a special exhibition about the music band KISS, which for me was interesting and I had a lot of fun there.

It is an interesting museum with free admission, so of course I can recommend it. Remember that due to COVID-19 restrictions museums in Sweden are closed to the public until January 25th 2021.

Aviation Museum, Hässlögatan 16

I learned about this museum while writing this post for you, and I have not had the chance to visit it yet due to COVID-19. As soon as the museum opens, I will visit it and share my experience with you.

It is an aircraft museum with most of its exhibitions in airworthy condition. I have been in many aviation museums and I really like them, so this one stays on my list 😊

Admission fee: 100 SEK

You can find more information about the museum here 

Djäkneberget, Djäknebergsgatan 10

I think this is my favourite place in Västerås. One of the highest points in city, with a beautiful view over the old town and lake Mälaren.

If you like to spend time outdoors, it is a great place for a walk, picnic or even a date with a sunset. It is a city park in which you can find a restaurant, a mini golf, and a playground for children. I know from my friend, who lives in Västerås, that this is a popular place for celebrations like Valborg or Midsommar.

I recommend you a game of finding all runestones in the park and read the inscriptions on them 😀 Reserve a lot of time, because they are around 500 of them.

You can also visit more places like:

  • Kokpunkten – Aqua Park
  • Birdsafari Sweden,
  • Botaniskaträdgården,
  • Anundshög

Västerås is  one of the towns that has stolen my heart even during a rainy day, which does not happen often. I am sure that we will visit it again as soon as the weather allows it and when the museums will be open again.  I would like to visit the Aircraft museum as well as Anundshög next time.

I hope you enjoyed the post and found interesting information here.

Stay safe and see you on the road!

Kaja