As everyone is aware, museums in Stockholm are, for the most part, closed due to the Covid 19. See list here (which I try and keep updated). There are a few exceptions, most notably Skansen. As it is an open air museum (i.e. outdoors) and zoo, Skansen has been able to remain open with restrictions. The sculpture parks at Millesgården, Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde and Artipelag are also open as they are outdoors as well. Keep in mind that the indoor parts of these museums are still closed. Their English web pages might not be updated fully as, due to the situation, they are concentrating on Swedish visitors. Millesgården is of special note. The garden features the works of famed Swedish sculptor Carl Milles and is one of my favorite places to visit. I will try and get there in the coming days to give them some love and support.
If you are like me and thirsting for some culture… the museums that are closed are getting creative in showing their art and artifacts for the public, while waiting for the time when they can reopen. If you have some favorite Stockholm museums or attractions, follow them on their social media channels. Most of them have Facebook, Instagram and even Youtube. It is a good way to keep updated on both what they are offering now, how they are handling the “corona situation” and when they will reopen.
Fotografiska has created an open air exhibition around the city with the work of 50 photographers featured on bus stops and billboards in the downtown, Vasastan and Östermalm neighborhoods. You can follow their interactive map and add it to your city walk. I took a walk the other day from Odenplan to Kungsholmen and took some pictures of their exhibits (featured here in the article). Other museums, who can’t move outdoors, are instead offering online/digital experiences. Some highlights are:
- Vasa Museum– not only can you dive into their film archive or listen to 15 audio guides about the museum and the ship, they also broadcast live on their Instagram page every weekday at 16:28 (4:28pm) Central European Time (C.E.T.). You think that is an odd time? The Vasa sank in 1628 (some bonus trivia for you)!
- Moderna– Stockholm’s museum of modern art has a wide range of online offerings, like podcasts, a Youtube channel and audio guide archive. You can also enjoy their “sofa tours”, live guided tours on their Facebook channel every Tuesday at 12 noon C.E.T.. You can even watch past sofa tours.
- National– on their website you can explore their collections, view images and even see videos about their recent exhibition “Inspiration – Iconic Works”.
- Historiska– The Museum of Swedish History is offering a wide range of online experiences… from quizzes to visiting their exhibitions to exploring Swedish history. You can even listen to stories from Norse mythology.
- The Royal Palaces (we have a few)- like museums, they are closed temporarily for visitors. However, they do offer some online videos, articles and 360 degree viewings of rooms and halls. Click here.
- Tekniska– the Museum of Science and Technology recently had a very popular exhibition on robots. They are now offering a digital tour of the exhibition in case you missed it or want to relive the magic.