Stockholm: Europe’s museum mecca

Stockholm is a city bursting with culture. Not surprisingly then, it is also gifted with more than 100 museums, attracting millions of visitors every year.

Arguably at the top of the list of attractions to check out is The Vasa Museum, the most frequented museum in Scandinavia. The Vasa is home to the excellently preserved Vasa war ship, the world’s only preserved 17th century boat. The 69m vessel sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was salvaged 333 years later in 1961. There are ten different exhibitions on show in the museum, all attempting to convey what life was like on board before its fateful voyage.

Another popular location is the Moderna Museet which contains a stellar collection of European art from the twentieth century, featuring works by artists including Picasso, Dali, Derkert and Matisse. Just as big an attraction is the location of the museum itself, situated on the picturesque Skeppsholmen Island and housed within a building that was designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo.

For a complete change of pace, visitors to Stockholm should also check out ABBA The Museum. As you can imagine, this attraction is filled to the brim with ABBA memorabilia such as stage outfits, instruments, gold records and awards. However, perhaps setting it apart from other pop museums are its interactive installations, allowing visitors to sing, dance, mix music and try out virtual stage outfits with the iconic Swedish group.

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