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Gothenburg, 411 03
Phone: (46) 31 61 90 00
Fax: (46) 31 61 90 99
Arts & Museums
Housed in Oterdahl House, (a department of the Sahlgrenska University Hospital) the Medical History Museum's main focus is on the history of health. You will learn about how religion, culture, politics and science have influenced medical history. You will also learn about various diseases throughout the ages. The museum's collection consists of instruments, equipment, furniture and textiles from the 18th Century onwards. Its purpose is to give the visitor a better idea on how the hospitals, doctors and nurses operated during that time period as well as how medical history developed.
The East India House has been in the city of Gothenburg since the middle of the 18th Century and was built for the East India Company. This historical building was used as a headquarter by the company and was at the center of various activities of the in the city. Since its takeover from the East India Company, the building has been converted into Gothenburgs Stadsmuseum, which tells tales about the cultural history of the region right from the Vikings era. Various artifacts belonging to the East India Company are preserved at the museum which forms the museum's permanent collection. Temporary contemporary art exhibits are regularly held inside the galleries of the museum and serves as a great platform for local artists.
Stadsmuseet is housed in a building commissioned by the Swedish East India Company in the eighteenth century. This museum of cultural history has collections of items gathered from Gothenburg as well as the rest of the world, from a wide variety of eras. On the last Sunday in every month between January and May, the museum organizes special family displays at 12:15p and 2p. In the spring, many of the Vetenskapsfestivalen (International Science Festival) events take place here.
After visiting Röhsska Museet or the Design Museum, the famous place of design and handcrafts, you might feel inspired to invest in some Swedish design. Inside the museum is a shop where you will find the most famous Swedish and Scandinavian designers' works. The shop has both classic objects and the absolute latest in Swedish design. They also host various exhibitions and lectures to provide visitors with insight into art and design.
Maritima is the considered to be one of the largest ship museums, but it is not as overwhelming as you might expect. It is, nonetheless, very interesting, and the most lively museum in Gothenburg. The museum holds 14 boats, among them a destroyer, a submarine, a towboat, and a lighthouse ship. You can board them all; the submarine is particularly exciting with its narrow passages and small cabins. Check the website to know more.
The Fladen was once one of the 37 lightships that served as beacons of safety between 1831 and 1972. Lightships like the Fladen were used help ships navigate safely around shallow water and land masses, and were stationed at places where lighthouses could not be built. The Fladen was built in 1915, and continued to be used until 1969 when it was rendered redundant by the construction of a lighthouse. Nevertheless, the lightship continues on as a testament to the human ingenuity and perseverance that led to its construction. The lightship has been restored to its 1950s appearance, and is open to visitors throughout the year. The Fladen is a part of the Maritiman maritime museum, and is one of their most popular attractions. Inside, visitors can explore the ship and experience what it must have been like to be stationed aboard this marvellous vessel. Interactive exhibits, photographs and films chronicling the glorious history of the Fladen have been set up within the lightship.
The University of Gothenburg's School for Design and Crafts, commonly called HDK, has a beautiful building on campus devoted to lectures, performances and art shows. Students in the school also have classes here and use the space to highlight their work, but the general public will also enjoy the activities happening in this venue.
Kim Antensen is a pleasant gallery with many interesting exhibitions, located near Götaplatsen. The focus here is not only on paintings; graphic art, sculpture and glass are also shown year round. Various events are arranged both outside and in the gallery, for example art club meetings and larger art installations. During spring and autumn solo exhibitions are held; summertime offers collective exhibitions. Galleri Kim Antensen also has a special contemporary graphic art room.
Galleri Nils Åberg was established by the brother and sister duo, Nils and Ida Åberg. The Åberg art legacy began in 1969 when Kenneth Åberg established Galleri 69. Åberg and his gallery soon garnered much repute for their devotion to fine art and quality services. Today his legacy continues through his children, or the ArtTwins, as they are affectionately called. Apart from their father's private art collection, the siblings have also clearly inherited Kenneth's exceptional taste and keen eye for beauty. The Galleri Nils Åberg features a variety of carefully curated contemporary art pieces. The collection showcases new, obscure and upcoming Scandinavian artists, alongside international contemporary artists of global repute. Apart from its impressive art collection, the gallery is also renown for its impeccable services, offering its clients professional guidance and assistance. Artists who have been featured at the Galleri Nils Åberg include Andy Warhol, Sara Sandstrom, Roland Tilajcsik and Ernest Billgren.
Galleri Thomassen is a stunning modern art gallery that has garnered much repute since its establishment in 1990. The gallery features a clean, modern design that highlights the vivid colors, varied textures and rich beauty of each piece of art. The gallery works with a number of well-established Scandinavian, Swedish and German contemporary artists to put together 9 to 11 exhibitions each year. Galleri Thomassen also lends support to new and upcoming local artists, and has set aside the x-gallery as a space where such artists may showcase their work. Offering its clients a chance to explore the varied and vibrant world of contemporary art, Galleri Thomassen has come to be a popular haunt for art collectors and enthusiasts as well. The gallery has featured several contemporary artists including Ola Åstrand, Andrea Damp, Martin Formgren and Claes Hake.
Göterborgs Remfabrik (strap factory) is a working museum where the building and machines look exactly the same as they did at the beginning of the last century when the factory closed down. Here you can find intact warping, twisting and braiding machines as well as power looms. Some of the machines were brought to the museum from old closed down trimming shops and strip mills, and a few of these machines are still in use today. The textile products are sold in the museum shop. In autumn, the museum is also open on select Saturdays; see website for more details.
Konsthallen was inaugurated in 1923 in connection with the Jubileumsutst ningen (Jubilee Exhibition) celebration of Gothenburg's 300-year anniversary. That year saw a lot of construction activity around the city, and Gotaplatsen was beginning to look as it does today. Konsthallen used to be run by the Gothenburg Art Museum, but is now an independent unit. Several exhibitions of contemporary and modern art are put on here each year. Admission is free.