IKEA Museum in Älmhult
Ingvar Kamprad’s idea of making good design affordable for many people grew from being a small mail order company in the forests of Småland to the global phenomenon that is IKEA. Few furniture companies are popular enough to have their own dedicated museum.
Located in what was the very first IKEA store, opened in 1958, this museum will be intriguing for interior design fans from around the world. The permanent exhibition – The Story of IKEA – traces the history of the company and the unique concept behind it all. In addition to the main exhibition, there are temporary showcases that are updated at least twice a year.
Hungry for more? Make sure to stop by the restaurant for some real Swedish meatballs served with all the trimmings; mashed potatoes, lingonberries, pickled cucumbers and cream sauce. (They also have salmon, veggie and chicken balls on the menu.) Another Swedish traditional dish to try is potato dumplings.
Don’t miss the gift shop where you can find books, candy and sometimes even vintage IKEA products that you will not find anywhere else. A great way to top off a memorable experience.
Across the road from the museum you’ll find the IKEA Hotell featuring rooms of all sizes, from cosy cabin rooms to family rooms. The hotel opened in 1964 and has served as social hub in Älmhult ever since, striving to make it feel like home for every guest. Local rail and bus services make it easy to reach the museum that is open every day, year-round.