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Culture in Malmö
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Things to do

Culture in Malmö

For all the expansion, Malmö is a small, friendly city with a good choice of cultural attractions, including the new Moderna Museet Malmö. Look out for Malmö’s many quality restaurants and bistros and great cafés. And the shopping isn’t bad either, especially if you’re looking for Swedish design-ware and hip, new Swedish fashion labels.


Billed as Scandinavia’s biggest festival, Malmöfestivalen covers all styles of types of music, cultural events and ‘happenings’, art and design, kids events, sport & lifestyle, food & drink and much, much more.  Malmö will be jumping and heaving with party-goers for a week in late August, what a time to visit the city.

Malmö Opera and Music Theatre

The Malmö Opera hosts international standard opera classics, musicals and contemporary musical dramas. For children and youths there is Operaverkstan producing contemporary performances for those aged between 3-19.  Do visit the building that Malmö Opera calls home, it is considered an architectural masterpiece of the funkis, or functionalist era in Sweden. Pop in for drinks, or a meal at its swish restaurant or book tickets for a performance.

Malmö art, sciences and history

If you want to do the Malmö Art Museum, the City Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the Science and Maritime House Museum in one day, you’re in luck. They all reside in the imposing Malmöhus Castle building. The history of the building is almost as fascinating as the museums it houses, but that’s another story…

Other museums in Malmö that you should tick off your checklist include Moderna Museet Malmö, housed in a disused power station and exhibiting prominent contemporary international works of art. Malmö Konsthall meanwhile, is renowned for the function and aesthetics, as well as the use of space and light in its gallery.