Christmas at Skeppsbron
Photo by Henrik Trygg/mediabank.visitstockholm.com

If you are planning on visiting Stockholm during the holiday season, you might be wondering which museums are open which days. There are, of course, some closures, but there is always at least two museums open each day as well as a sightseeing tour, so you won’t have to just aimlessly wander the streets without anything to do! Each museum is linked to their website so you can check exact hours and get more information (plus, there may always be last minute changes). Stockholm does have around 80 museums and attractions and these are just the top 25. I obviously can’t list them all so, if you are staying at the Hotel Rival, contact me directly for information about other museums. You will find some information about sightseeing tours after the list below.

The Vasa Ship
Photo by Yanan Li/mediabank.visitstockholm.com 

  • Skansen (open air museum and zoo)- open every day, free entrance on Dec 24th.
  • Vasa Museum (17th century preserved warship)- closed on Dec 24th and 25th. Closes early (3pm) on Dec 31st. 
  • ABBA the Museum (self explanatory, no?)- open every day!
  • Fotografiska (photography)- open every day! Closes earlier on Dec 24th.  
  • Moderna (modern art)- closed on Mondays and Dec 24th, 25th, 31st & Jan 1st. 
  • Center for Architecture and Design– closed on Mondays and Dec 24th, 25th, 31st & Jan 1st. 
  • Nobel Museum (Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prizes)- closed on Mondays and Dec 24th, 25th, 31st and Jan 1st.  
  • National Museum (classic/fine arts and design)-  Closed on Mondays and Dec 24th, 25th, 31st and Jan 1st. 
  • Historiska (Swedish history/Vikings)- closed on Dec 24th, 25th and 31st. Closed on Mondays, but open on Dec 30th. 
  • Nordiska (cultural history)- open every day! 
  • Medeltidsmuseet (medieval history of Stockholm)- closed on Mondays and Dec 24th, 25th, 31st and Jan 1st. 
  • Stadsmuseet (Stockholm city museum)- closed on Mondays and Dec 24th, 25th, 31st and Jan 1st.
  • Stadshuset (city hall)- closed on Dec 24th, 25th, 26th and Jan 1st. Closes earlier on Dec 31st. 
  • The Viking Museum– closed on Dec 23rd, 24th and 25th. 
  • Spritmuseum (spirits, as in adult beverages)- closed Dec 23rd, 24th, 25th and 31st. Opens later (12noon) on Dec 26th and Jan 1st.
  • The Royal Palace– closed Dec 24th and 25th. Check the website for the different museums within the palace (i.e. The Treasury). 
  • Livrustkammaren (Royal Armoury)- closed on Mondays and Dec 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st and Jan 1st.  
  • Millesgården (sculpture & art)- closed on Mondays and Dec 24th and 25th. 
  • Thielska Galleriet (art)- closed on Mondays and Dec 24th, 25th, 31st and Jan 1st. 
  • Prins Eugens Waldermarsudde (art)- closed on Mondays and Dec 24th, 25th and 31st. 
  • Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum (art)- closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Dec 24th, 25th and 31st. 
  • Naturhistoriska (natural history)- closed on Dec 23rd and 24th. Closed on Mondays but will be open on Dec 30th!
  • Tekniska (science and technology)- open all days (great for kids), shorter hours, 10am to 3pm, on Dec 24th, 25th and 31st.
  • Drottningholm Palace– closed between Dec16th and 30th. Will be open daily between Dec 31st and Jan 6th during the Swedish winter school break). After that just on Saturdays and Sundays until April.
  • Junibacken (the world of Astrid Lindgren, for children)- closed on Dec 24th and 25th. 

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