The month of November can feel like a gray and dreary time; after all, when Axl Rose was singing about the November rain, he wasn’t exactly talking about having a good time. So, all the more reason to brighten your day up with some fun activities. And as an added bonus: visiting exhibits and museums in Stockholm at this time of year means that you get to skip long lines and big crowds.
This year marks the centennial of women’s suffrage in Sweden, meaning that women have been allowed to vote for 100 years now (great, but also a bit shocking). We’d like to commemorate this occasion with recommendation of exciting and fascinating exhibits that put women front and center. Marvel at the work of a world-famous textile artist, discover art signed by one of Sweden’s most famous artists, and learn about the female vote through changes in fashion in a pop-up exhibit. To give your feet some rest in between your museum trips, we recommend going on a guided sightseeing tour by boat and learning more about Stockholm from the water.
Begin the day at the art gallery and exhibit space Liljevalchs on the island Djurgården where you can see Helene Billgren’s, one of Sweden’s leading contemporary artists, exhibit “Faran är över” (English: All clear). Billgren’s artistic approach combines playfulness and improvisation with deeply serious concerns in her art. Her main characters are nearly exclusively women, and by using materials taken from the everyday life, she succeeds in imbuing the seemingly mundane with new and unexpected meaning. Make sure to not miss this!
Address: Djurgårdsvägen 60
Opening hours: Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat/Su 11.00–17.00, Tue/Thu 11.00–20.00
After visiting Liljevalchs, take a five minute walk over to the Nordic Museum to explore the fashion pop-up exhibit. In a fun and entertaining way, the museum explores the history of the women’s right to vote which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. To do so, the museum exhibits dresses and fashion objects tied to the women’s fight for democracy, freedom, and independence.
Address: Nordic Museum, Djurgårdsvägen 6-16,
Opening hours: Every day 10.00-17.00, Wednesdays 10.00–20.00
After another 20-minute walk, this time along Strandvägen, Stockholm’s most exclusive residential street, it’s finally time to give your feet a well-deserved rest. At the quay Strömkajen, hop aboard a boat to go on the Royal Canal Tour around the island Djurgården, the old royal hunting ground. If you’re in the mood for an afternoon snack or even the classic Swedish fika, a cup of coffee and a cinnamon bun, you can get this and a lot more in the onboard cafeteria.
Departures: Daily at 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30 and 14.30
Get off the boat at Strömkajen again and you’ll be able to see your final destination for the day right across the water: Stockholm’s Royal Castle. Take a walk over and see the Märta Måås exhibit “See på mattorna – det är jag” (English: Look at the rugs – find me). Märta Måås-Fjetterström (1873-1941) was a Swedish textile artist whose rugs and woven pieces are admired the world over to this very day. The rugs on display here tell the story of her inspirations, life, career, and what is was like to be a female artist and entrepreneur during the first half of the 20th century.
Address: Royal Castle
Opening hours: Daily 10.00 – 16.00