Nordic Museum

The Nordic Museum ( Nordiska Museet ) is located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm and is responsible for representing the cultural history and ethnic groups in Sweden. The oldest exhibits date from about the beginning of the 16th century.


The museum was founded in the late 19th century by Artur Hazelius, who was also responsible for the opening of the museum Skansen. The Nordic Museum started out as Scandinavian ethnographic collection in a house of the Stockholm Drottninggatan. 1880, the collection was renamed " Nordic Museum " and became a foundation of the Swedish people.

The construction

Part of the museum was opened in 1897 with the Stockholm Art and Industry Exhibition and in 1907 the museum moved into its present building. The construction of the architect Isak Gustaf Clason in the Renaissance style, is distinguished in particular by its large central hall. This is 125 m long and 24 m high. In the center of the hall, a six -meter-high, polychrome wooden statue of the sculptor Carl Milles, the King Gustav Vasa is seated on his throne is.


The Nordic Museum presents permanent and temporary exhibitions about manners and customs of the country as well as fashion, folk costumes, folk art, toys, furnished rooms with covered tables and everyday objects from the past and present, painting by August Strindberg and photographs and cameras. The collections are currently about 1.5 million objects and scientific library of 250,000 books. The Nordic Museum owns and manages some castles and manor houses such as Castle Tyresö, Svindersvik and Julita gård.


The main hall

The main hall

Nordic Museum

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