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Arts & Museums
This unique museum, situated just east of the old city, is devoted to Sweden's rich history as a center of toy production. Though most people think of Danish toy giant Lego when they think of Scandinavian toys, Sweden has been no slouch in turning out playthings throughout modern history. This museum is perfect for children or simply those interested in history and design.
What is now known as the Blue Tower, was once author and playwright August Strindberg's (1849-1912) residence and workplace during the last four years of his life. The museum is essentially a reconstruction of his apartment, and features, an extensive exhibit of the works he completed while living and working here. The museum also offers a fair amount of insight into Strindberg's troubled personal life, and a comprehensive library of his works.
You can visit Galleri Bergman to view Nordic art, and if you become a member of the gallery's art club, then you are entitled to enter the yearly lottery that may win you a work of priceless art. The gallery has locations in Malmö and Gothenburg, where about 150 artists are represented. The gallery is quite reputed and that the art purchased from here ends up in all parts of the world.
The Old Stockholm Observatory boasts of a panoramic city view. During the 18th and 19th century, research within the fields of astronomy, meteorology and geography was conducted here. Today, the observatory is also a museum dedicated to the evolution of science. It is managed by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and several of Sweden's most prominent scientists are associates. Check for the timings which tend to change for telescopic observations and guided tours.
Contemporary art gallery Bonniers Konsthall takes up an area of 1890 square meters, of which almost half of the area is exhibition space. This is a non-profit venue, run by The Bonnier family, with the aims of promoting up-and-coming artists and giving established artists the opportunity to display their newest projects. The gallery also houses Café No 19, where they serve first rate lunches and provide free wireless internet.
This museum showcases the city life of Stockholm in the early 1500s. You will find exhibitions depicting different building techniques, recordings of choirs singing in Latin, as well as the distinct odor of tar and dried fish, which were prevalent during the era. Interactive slide shows help spark the imagination, and bring forth interesting aspects of the era. You can pick up souvenirs, such as music CDs, jewelry, and ceramics from the gift shop.
The Finnish Institute displays exhibitions by Finnish artists all year round. It also organizes concerts and seminars on special occasions. The library at the institute is well-stacked with over 10000 books, magazines, and CDs for public reference.
This museum is a great place to see art and artifacts from the ancient Mediterranean civilizations. The pride of the museum is the Cypriot collection, proclaimed as the largest collection of native art outside Cyprus. Other impressive artifacts date back to the times of the Egyptian Pharaohs, and early civilizations in Cyprus, Greece and Rome.
The Jewish Museum is devoted to the history of Jews in Sweden from 1775 (when the first Jew, Aaron Isaac settled here) to the present day. The museum's goal is to describe integration issues and to show different aspects of Jewish cultural life.
This museum calls itself the world's only museum of dance, and rightfully so. Located close to the Royal Opera House, the museum features costumes and memorabilia of dance performances in Stockholm, including the original costumes of the Russian Ballet in Paris designed by such artists as Bakst, Debunay and Matisse. But for those not interested in the discipline of ballet, there are plenty of spicy and soulful international dance styles to choose from. The museum also houses excellent archives and a study center for international folk dance. There is a cafe and shop offering a wide display of videos for sale. Please check the website for timings.
If pictures speak a thousand words, then the GunGallery would be one of the most erudite entities in existence. Completely dedicated to showcasing art in print, this gallery presents photographs and photographers through exhibitions and regular displays. Focusing on established as well as budding talent, this gallery is a good stop if you love photography. See the website or call to know more.
If you have tried to achieve perfect artistry inside your home but haven't been successful, then get in touch with Björn Wetterling. He has designed art and furniture in combinations that either complement or are contrasting to each other. His gallery is full of fresh ideas.