Show Me the Museums!

Here, we begin my (hopefully) growing collection of must-sees.

First stop on the museum train: Thielska Galleriet

This mansion was originally the private residence and art gallery of the (very rich) banker and collector Ernest Thiel (1859–1947). He scored art made by contemporary Scandinavian artists. By 1926, his ever-growing collection was opened to the public.

Featured here, among many other famous expressionist pieces, are some of the works by Edvard Munch (the man behind the brush used to paint the famous composition, The Scream).

Thielska Galleriet

Second stop: Hallwylska Museet

This extravagant spot was home to Count Walther von Hallwyl and Countess Wilhelmina in the 1890s. Designed by Isak Gustaf Clason, Sweden’s most expensive home was actually built to accommodate the countess’ wide-ranging art collection.

Yes, BIG sigh.

A Krakow crib

Third stop: Vasa Museum

A mind-boggling beauty — but a hilariously tragic story.

The Vasa

In 1628, a short 20 minutes after the most powerful ship that the Baltic Sea had ever seen set sail, the massive Vasa capsized and sank.

An insensitive person might call this the original Titanic. Minus the Jack and Rose part, of course.

Equated by some as Sweden’s own Apollo Program, a spectacular high-tech endeavor was executed centuries later in 1956: lifting an entire 17th-century warship from the Baltic floor.

Pictured: a miniature replica of what the Vasa looked like in all of her (20-minute) glory in front of the actual mothership + an excited me, for size and scale

The ship’s intricate and ornamented story-telling carvings are a handiwork that an iPhone camera simply could not do justice to.

Something you’ll just have to see for yourself.

Fourth stop: the temporary Emerging Sensation exhibit at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Twenty five meters below ground, Malin Bobeck Tadaa’s digital textile installations lit up Stockholm’s old nuclear reactor hall.

Next on my list:

  • The ABBA museum
  • Fotografiska museet
  • Moderna museet
  • The Nobel Center
  • Tekniska museet




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