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The historic building housing Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, seen from the water.
Exterior of Nationalmuseum, Stockholm
Photo: Hans Thorwid/Nationalmuseum

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Nationalmuseum in Stockholm

The crown jewel of Sweden’s art museums is the iconic Nationalmuseum in the capital of Stockholm. Since its establishment in 1866, it has served as a premier setting for masterworks in painting, sculpture, art and design dating from the 1500s to the 1900s.

In addition to the extensive permanent collection, Nationalmuseum features regular temporary exhibitions with top artists from around the globe. 

Currently, the museum features an exhibition that reflects on 1989, the eventful year that saw the fall of the Berlin wall, the collapse of South Africa’s apartheid regime and the historic demonstration in Tiananmen Square in China.

The Nationalmuseum is a landmark building overlooking the water with stunning views of the Royal Palace. The museum reopened in 2018 after a five-year renovation project and enjoys the best of classic architecture combined with modern convenience.

Nationalmuseum in StockholmThe Sculpture Courtyard at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm Photo: Anna Danielsson/Nationalmuseum

During your visit, be sure to try the restaurant. The newly designed restaurant features décor created by some of Sweden’s most well-known interior designers. The menu is composed by one of Sweden’s top chefs and restaurateurs, Fredrik Eriksson, famous for his personal style of combining Swedish culinary traditions with French cuisine. He is also the gastronomic advisor for the annual Nobel Banquet held at Stockholm City Hall.