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For everyone to see: Stockholm museums

Author: Masha Kushnir 9 places in route

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Tiny little exhibitions displaying anything you can thing of – graphic design, characters from Astrid Lidgren's books, contemporary art, ethnography and military history. Each item is picked with utmost care, attention to detail and an excellent sense of beauty.

Talent Gallery
Talent Gallery

Perhaps, one of the most tranquil art-galleries of the 21st century. The tiny premise was skilfully transformed into perfectly organic space for temporary expositions of modern illustrators and graphic designers. The funkiest Jon Gredmark is said to be displaying his works here at the end of the year.
At Talent Gallery you will also find books with fancy covers, beautiful posters, postcards with witty captions in cute fonts, and other interesting stuff. The best part is that almost anyone can apply for participating in the exhibition.

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Moderna Museet
Moderna Museet

This Contemporary Art Museum features an excellent taste in expositions. It mainly hosts temporary exhibits. Last year its curators combined works of Twombly, Turner and Monet in one exhibition, which later went on a tour across Europe. This year the Museum displayed Picasso and Duchamp. A cozy café and a store of modern design and art history books are included.
Moderna Museet has a branch (really tiny, though, literally a porch in a historic building) in Malmö, a port city 30 km from Copenhagen. It also offers interesting stuff like early color experiments of Damien Hirst or lectures on super surrealism.

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Junibacken
Junibacken

Museum of Fairytales named after the most famous children's writer Astrid Lindgren. Swedes bring their entire families here. You’ll see Moomin’s House and Storybook Train. Friendly museum supervisor will offer an audio guide in Russian. You will also hear extracts from Astrid Lindgren’s stories ("Emil of Lönneberga", "Karlsson on the Roof", etc.). The final point is Pippi Longstocking’s Villa Villekulla.

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Vasa Museum
Vasa Museum

Vasa the warship was built as one of the main flagships of the Swedish Navy, but shesank near the shore on her maiden voyage in 1628. In 1961 the ship was raised from the bottom, and for the next thirty years scientists did their best (it is also shown in the exposition) to clean the ship girder and stop it from further moldering. In 1990 the ship was opened to the public as a museum. Vasa is the only 17th century sailing warship that can be seen both in actual size and in the tiniest detail.

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Nordiska museet
Nordiska museet

Scandinavian Museum (also called Nordic) built in 1907 is almost a perfect copy of medieval Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark (it hosts Danish Museum of National History, by the way). The museum houses a vast collection of wooden items, textiles and folk art exponents. It also features a room devoted to contemporary Swedish design and a spacious central hall with a huge statue of King Gustav Vasa in the middle.
Skansen Museum – ethnographic this time – is a few steps away. It displays entire open-air extant complexes from all over Sweden: bakery, blowing shop, blacksmith’s shop, etc. – basically all those workshops where showpieces for Scandinavian Museum were created.

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Skansen
Skansen

Open-air Ethnographic Skansen Museum displays houses, huts, churches, workshops from all over the Sweden. It combines around 150 buildings to show Swedish everyday life during various historic periods. Look, there is a menagerie, and a zoo! A blowing shop, blacksmith shop, and a bakery. By the way, Skansen hosts celebrations of all national holidays. Check out its Christmas market if you visit Stockholm in late November - December.

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Artipelag
Artipelag

Last year a new cultural center – Artipelag – appeared on Varmdo Island. Peacefully resting among the pines and firs, it features exhibition halls, a couple of restaurants, promenade with wooden decking, wooden veranda, design store, lecture hall, rooftop terrace, and a stage. A wide range of events is available – from operas (Royal Drama Theatre has already appeared before its footlights) to skateboarding festivals (ramps are installed for that one). The Island can be reached in 20 minutes by car or in 60 minutes by ferry.

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Sven Harrys
Sven Harrys

Sven Harry’s Art Museum opened in Vasa Park a couple of years ago. It is an absolute must-see – golden from the outside and snowy white from the inside. And that is not all. You see, buildings in this area of Stockholm should be at least 60-percent non-commercial. So the art museum neighbors real residential apartments. It also features a restaurant, cinema and a top-floor penthouse with permanent collection of the 20th century Scandinavian art gathered by Swen Harry himself.

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Fotografiska
Fotografiska

This red brick building, transformed from an industrial into a cultural one with a stone head above the entrance, is now a picture gallery. It displays works of such celebrated artists as Leibovitz and Korbein, and, more importantly, Swedish masters – both famous and young ones. The museum also arranges Stockholm Photography Week in late May – early June with a portfolio review, master classes and prize of € 3,500. The gallery is open till 22:00. It features an outdoor café overlooking the water and Old Town. Fotografiska hosts club parties later in the evening with age restrictions and an entrance fee.

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