5 hidden works at the most visited museums Stockholm

PROPPLODSHÅLET

AT: VASAMUSEET
Galärvarvsvägen 14
Djurgården
+46 (0)8 519 548 70
vasamuseet.se

Ironically, one of the greatest points of interest on the warship Vasa was a tiny hole, only 1 cm in diameter. Thousands of visitors tend to miss this little detail, marked with a red ring on the upper deck. This hole is where Anders Franzén’s coring device hit the ship when he discovered the wreck of the Vasa in 1956.

Roslin's self-portrait with his wife Marie Suzanne Giroust

AT: NATIONALMUSEUM
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2
Norrmalm
+46 (0)8 519 543 00
nationalmuseum.se

Most people associate Sweden’s National Museum with the painting The Lady with the Veil by Alexander Roslin. But what people don’t know is that there is another work here, which Roslin painted together with his wife. In this self-portrait, she is depicted as an artist, painting a portrait of Henrik Wilhelm Peill in 1767. The museum will reopen after renovation in fall 2018.

Kronsbergs Ateljé

AT: SKANSEN

Djurgårdsslätten 49-51

Djurgården

+46 (0)8 442 80 00

skansen.se

A common misconception is that the openair museum and zoo Skansen is all about animals, but the buildings here are just as intriguing. A yellow house from 1912 is particularly interesting. This was the famous painter Julius Kronberg’s studio, where the pop group ABBA shot the cover for their last album, Visitors, in 1981.

Monument to the last cigarette

AT: MODERNA MUSEET
Exercisplan 4
Skeppsholmen
+46 (0)8 520 235 00
modernamuseet.se

If you visit Moderna Museet, don’t forget to look at Erik Dietman’s concrete sculpture in the museum garden. As an artist, Dietman was intelligent but he also had an excellent sense of humour, taking a critical approach to art. Curious what you’ll see once you climb up the ladder of this pompous monument?

BALKÅKRA RITUAL OBJECT

AT: HISTORISKA MUSEET
Narvavägen 13-17
Östermalm
+46 (0)8 519 556 00
historiska.se

One of the most remarkable ancient archaeological treasures in Sweden is the so-called Balkåkra Ritual Object at the Swedish History Museum, but many visitors tend to miss it. It’s a shame, because this mysterious object is 3500 years (!) old and its use and purpose remain unknown.

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