Due to rising numbers of new cases of Covid-19, Sweden has been adding and tightening restrictions region by region when needed. This week it was Stockholm’s turn. Just as it was this Spring, Sweden is avoiding a mandated lock down. Instead, the Public Health Agency of Sweden has announced stricter guidelines for citizens to follow in order to curb the rise in cases. These include avoiding physical contact with people outside of your household, no more than 50 people can gather at one time, refraining from taking part in social gatherings/parties, meetings, concerts and sport matches as well as avoiding visits to indoor environments such as shops, shopping malls, libraries, gyms and museums. These guidelines are in place until November 19th at the earliest.
This last point has meant that several museums have decided to temporarily close their doors until these guidelines are lifted. Here is a list of the museums that have decided to close. I will try to update the list as much as possible, but please keep in mind that information changes almost daily so double check museum websites before visiting to get updated information regarding opening times.
- Vasa Museum– closed until at least Nov 19th.
- Moderna (modern art)- closed until at least Nov 19th.
- ArkDes (architecture & design)- closed until at least Nov 19th.
- Historiska (Swedish history)- closed until at least Nov 19th.
- Royal Palace– closed until further notice.
- Drottningholm Palace– closed until further notice.
- Nobel Museum– closed until Dec 5th.
- Nordiska (Nordic culture)- closed until at least Nov 20th.
- Artipelag (art)- closed until further notice, though the outdoor sculpture exhibition is open.
So far, museums like Skansen, Fotografiska, ABBA, Thielska, Waldemarsudde and more are open (with added safety measures in place)… but this may change. Now it is time for us all to be responsible, follow guidelines and rules, stay home if you feel at all unwell and hopefully we will push the numbers down and get back to some normalcy again. Click here for more information for visitors to Stockholm regarding Covid-19. If you are staying at the Hotel Rival, you can contact me or my colleagues for updated information on these museums and others.