Stockholm is not a cheap city to visit on a budget. It’s almost an irony to say “Stockholm on a budget” because well, it can involve kebabs, pizza, and really disgustingly cheap stor stark beer or lättöl (light alcohol content beers).
Alas, there is some relief during the summertime in Stockholm. Many museums have free days and some are free entirely.
Free Museums in Stockholm: Free ALL the time
Forum för levande historia (The Living History Forum)
This museum provides a haunting look at crimes against humanity and aims to remind us of the importance of learning from our dark pasts.
Färgfabriken (Center for contemporary art and architecture)
This museum boasts fun and serious exhibitions related to art, society, film, and architecture. They also have interactive sections where you can get your own hands dirty.
Haga parkmuseum (Haga Park Museum)
Located in Solna, Haga Museum describes the history and architecture of the surrounding park. The park grounds have The Turkish and Chinese Pavilion, Haga Ruins (Gustav III’s unfinished castle), a beautiful lake, and the bizarre yet gorgeous Copper Tents (where guards used to live) lies within the park grounds. Take bus 515 from Odenplan to the park.
Haga Park Copper Tent by Linkahwai
Dansmuseet (Museum for the Performing and Visual Arts)
This museum focuses on dance and theater from various cultures. They occasionally have live performances.
Etnografiska museet (Ethnographic Museum)
Located on the northern part of Djurgården (take Bus 69 to get there), this museum hosts collections on humanity and Sweden’s interaction in conflicts. The museum also boasts one of Europe’s Japanese Tea Houses which is open throughout the summer. Call +46 (0)8-519 550 10 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org about the tea ceremony times.
Stockholms medeltidsmuseum (The Museum of Medieval Stockholm)
This museum offers a look at medieval Stockholm set in an underground building just a stone’s throw away from the royal castle. The only visible remains of Stockholm’s medieval city wall are located, still intact, in the museum. There is even a medieval tunnel from the museum to the castle, which is very much closed to the public.
Stockholms Stadsmuseum (Stockholm City Museum)
An undiscerning blue-gray colored building at Slussen, the Stockholm City Museum provides an overview of the history of Stockholm from its founding to contemporary issues.
Tullmuseum (Swedish Customs Museum)
Not customs like culture, but customs as the annoying people who stand at the airports waiting to search you when exiting. The Tullmuseum offers plenty of exhibitions about smuggling and anti-smuggling.
Kulturhuset offers temporary exhibitions throughout the year on everything from photography to theater to music and even comic books. Beware though, Kulturhuset is several floors and not all exhibitions are free.
Kungliga biblioteket (National Library of Sweden)
The museum houses the Codex Gigas, often called the Devil’s Bible. Unfortunately, the Codex Gigas is not viewable by the public. They still have an impressive collection of historical documents.
Special Day FREE Entrances to Stockholm Museums:
Nordiska muséet (The Nordic Museum)
Free on Wednesday evenings but not valid from June-August. They were smart knowing all the tourists visit then. Nevertheless, the Nordiska Museum is located on Djurgården, near Vasa Museum, and hosts collections related to Swedish culture, food, holidays. Currently on exhibition is a section dedicated to Swedish fashion and Swedish holidays.
Kungliga Myntkabinettet (The Royal Coin Cabinet & Economy Museum) – Mondays all day – free admission
One of the royal museums of Sweden, the National Economy Museum host collections about the financial history of Sweden, coins, monetary usage, and medals.
Tekniska Museet (The National Museum of Science and Technology) – Wed 5-8PM free admission
This museum offers insight into how things work and why they work. Current exhibitions are about space, sports, and transportation. Sweden’s first passenger airplane hangs from the ceiling.
The next post will have information on free events and happenings throughout Stockholm during the summertime.