The Scan­di­na­vian Muse­um in Stock­holm is ded­i­cat­ed to the tra­di­tions and cul­tur­al his­to­ry of the Nordic coun­tries. It dis­plays every­day objects from the ear­ly six­teenth cen­tu­ry to the present day. The muse­um is locat­ed in an impres­sive build­ing on the island of Djurgår­den.

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Entry relat­ed to loca­tion: Swe­den

The Nordisk Muse­um (North­ern Muse­um) was found­ed by Arthur Hazelius, who sought to pre­serve the cul­ture of the north­ern peo­ple for future gen­er­a­tions. He also found­ed the Skansen Muse­um, a large open-air muse­um that shows how peas­ants lived in Swe­den. In 1872, Hazelius began to col­lect house­hold items, which he exhib­it­ed at the Drot­tning­gatan Scan­di­na­vian Ethno­graph­ic Muse­um. The col­lec­tion quick­ly grew out of this build­ing and a need arose for a larg­er muse­um.

In 1888 funds were col­lect­ed from pri­vate dona­tions and work began on the con­struc­tion of a spe­cial muse­um. When the new Nordic Muse­um was final­ly com­plet­ed in 1907, after near­ly twen­ty years of con­struc­tion, it was one of the largest build­ings in Stock­holm. Its sil­hou­ette is still vis­i­ble for miles. The huge build­ing was designed by the Swedish archi­tect Isak Gus­tav Kla­son in the Dan­ish Renais­sance style. Ini­tial­ly, it was laid out as an entrance hall to an even larg­er muse­um that was nev­er real­ized.


The entrance to the muse­um is marked by two obelisks and a cen­tral stat­ue of King Charles X. One of the obelisks bears the inscrip­tion “The day may come when it will be impos­si­ble to look into the past.” In the large cen­tral hall, guests are greet­ed by a mon­u­men­tal oak stat­ue of King Gus­tav Vasa, cre­at­ed in 1925 by Carl Milles. Trav­el­ing around the out­skirts of Stock­holm, you will come across many sim­i­lar build­ings, but the muse­um is val­ued pri­mar­i­ly for its expo­si­tion.

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Exhi­bi­tions at the Scan­di­na­vian Muse­um in Stock­holm are locat­ed on four floors sur­round­ing the cen­tral hall. There is a wide dis­play of folk objects that give an idea of ​​the rur­al life of North­ern Europe over the cen­turies. In total, the exhi­bi­tion fea­tures about 1.5 mil­lion exhibits, rang­ing from cloth­ing, toys and uten­sils to fur­ni­ture and his­tor­i­cal rooms. Some exhibits focus on cul­tures such as Samen, while oth­ers illus­trate typ­i­cal Scan­di­na­vian tra­di­tions and cus­toms.


If you want to get an idea of ​​the nat­ur­al diver­si­ty of Swe­den, an excur­sion to one of the Nation­al Parks of Swe­den, which has a sep­a­rate selec­tion on Life­Globe, would be an ide­al option.