5 of the best free museums in Stockholm

1) ArkDes

ArkDes is the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, previously known as the Museum of Architecture. Located next to Moderna Museet, ArkDes hosts a permanent exhibition about architecture in Sweden – perfect for understanding the golden age of Swedish Modernism and its context. ArkDes also organises temporary thematic exhibitions.

Arkdes gallery in Stockholm

Exercisplan 4, Skeppsholmen

+46 (0)8 520 235 00


2) Livrustkammaren

Established in 1628 by King Gustav II Adolph, the Royal Armoury is Sweden’s oldest museum. It is situated in the cellars of the Royal Palace in Stockholm and exhibits the ceremonial costumes of Sweden’s royals. See the blood and mud-marked uniforms that were worn in wars or the beautiful garments for royal coronations, weddings and funerals.

royal carriage in Livrustkammaren museum

3) Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet

Want to know more about natural history, biology and geology? In this majestic building from 1916 you can see giant animal bones, fossils, sparkling stones from the Earth’s core and an IMAX cinema called Cosmonova, which is also the largest planetarium in Sweden.

butterflies taxidermy of Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet

Frescativägen 40, Norra Djurgården

+46 (0)8 519 540 00


4) Hallwylska Museet

The Hallwyl House next to Berzelii Park is a glorious time capsule. The house that belonged to the von Hallwyls family around 1900 is now a museum. Experience the modernity and eclectic luxuries of the Stockholm of yore as you walk through the beautiful rooms in this palatial residence.

interior of the Hallwylska Museet

5) Medelhavsmuseet

Sweden’s main archaeological museum of Mediterranean cultures is located adjacent to Gustav Adolfs Torg, in the centre of Stockholm. Experience the ancient culture, beauty, treasures and traditions of the Middle East and countries such as Greece, Egypt and the Roman Empire in the centre of Stockholm. Tip: the Bagdad Cafe upstairs is a hidden gem.

archaeological treasures of Medelhavsmuseet


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