Clarion Collection Hotel Fregatten
Varberg, 432 44
Phone: (46) 340 677000
Fax: (46) 340 611121
Hamnplan, Varberg, SE, 432 44
- Phone: (46) 340 677000
- Fax: (46) 340 611121
Arts & Museums
Focusing primarily on contemporary art, Kungsbacka Konsthall (Kungsbacka Art Gallery) hosts art exhibitions, workshops and other art-related programs for children as well as adults. The art gallery also holds concerts and events as varied as martial arts classes, yoga sessions and educational lectures. For more details on upcoming events, call them.
Housed in an old stocking factory, in 2005 Mölndals Museum received the European Museum of the Year Award and still claims to be one of the best museums in Europe. In the open storage area you can find the main part of the museum's collection. The Lindome furniture is another permanent exhibition where you can enjoy handcrafted works by the Lindome carpenters. Apart from various temporary exhibitions there is also a cafe, a gift shop, and a movie theater.
Opened in 2004, the Museum of World Culture is the latest addition to the city's cultural circuit. The beautiful museum even has the honor of receiving the Kasper Sahlin Price Award for architecture. The various temporary exhibitions tell the tale of the amazing cultures of the world. Perfect for children as well as adults, visitors have the opportunity to make a trip around the world all while in the confines of a beautiful space. Call ahead for more information.
Open since 1987, the Konstepidemin is an independent artists' organization. On its premises there are many studios and exhibition spaces where you can see contemporary art in all shapes and forms. Housed in the former Epidemic Hospital, the building has taken on a complete transformation and is now a warm and inviting place of discovery for the public.
Universeum, the biggest science center in Scandinavia features seven floors of fun! Go to the rain forest and see frogs, cockroaches and an anaconda swamp, or maybe have a look at the section with venomous snakes. There's an aquarium with sharks and rays. In the technology department you can find a crime lab, walk in space and try your weather reporting skills. This is just the tip of the iceberg, as you can easily put aside a whole day for exploring this place. If you find yourself hungry there is a cafe on the ground floor.
Naturhistoriska museet in Slottsskogen is a classic museum with lots of stuffed animals of all kinds, skeletons and natural panoramas. The most interesting feature is the stuffed blue whale, which even contained a cafe at one time! There are jars with scary preserved animals and their internal organs. But visit the butterfly section instead, that will make you feel better. To get here, take trams 1 or 2 to Linnéplatsen.
Hasselblad Center is an exhibition hall situated in Gothenburg's Art Museum at Götaplatsen. Exhibitions by contemporary photographers are held six to eight times a year. Apart from these exhibitions, there is also a reference library and a photographic collection available for study and research, by appointment only. In conjunction with the exhibitions, there are lectures and seminars. For information on current exhibitions, please check the web site.
The collections at the Göteborgs Konstmuseum consists mainly of Nordic art from the 15th to 20th Centuries, including paintings by Ivar Arsosenius and Krogh. There are also works by other European artists such as Manet, Monet and Van Gogh. If you are interested in Swedish history, then the painting of King Karl XII's funeral procession is highly recommended. The museum also holds a wonderful collection of historical and artistic sculptures.
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.
Galleri 54 is a non-commercial art center that has been around since 1957. The gallery is run by the artistes of Group 54, founded in 1954, with the aim of presenting interesting contemporary art from Sweden and abroad, not previously shown to the Gothenburg audience. The gallery is situated in a flat, in central Gothenburg, over three rooms. There is also a special project room, and a lounge with art magazines and a small video collection.
The Skansen Krona fortress was built in 1641. The fortress' main purpose was to scare off the Danes, and it was also known as Juteskrämman (the Dane Scare). It was completed in 1695. Skansen Krona is built on a hill and therefore commands a grand view of the central parts of Gothenburg. The tower ornament is in the shape of a crown, hence the name (krona means crown). Today, the fort houses a military museum and is also used as a venue space for parties and weddings.
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.