Are you an art fan? Around Stockholm you can find plenty of parks with fantastic sculptures that are well worth a visit. During the late summer and early autumn days this is a great way to explore the city – either alone, with friends or family. Many places can also be reached by boat – a perfect combination! At the bottom of this page you can find a map where you can see where the different sculptures are located, as well as departure points for the boats.
Next to Roddarhuset in Vaxholm you can find the town’s own sculpture park. During the summer you can venture here to enjoy the annual presentation of works by artists Anna Gerge, Tomas Lacke, Maria Eriksson and Vivanne E Rosqvist. Whilst you’re there, take a moment to visit Roddarhuset’s galleries and shop. There is also a café serving tasty salads, quiches and baked goods – all with views over the Vaxholm bay.
Tip – Take the boat to Vaxholm from central Stockholm. There are daily departures, but make sure to book online for guaranteed space onboard.
Carl Milles is one of Sweden’s most famous sculptors. At Millesgården you can take a leisurely stroll around the sculpture park and discover the five different parts – the Upper Terrace, the Atelier Garden, the Middle Terrace, Olga’s Terrace and the Lower Terrace. There are also indoor exhibitions in the art hall and the Artist’s residence, as well as a restaurant where you can enjoy food and classic “fika” made from organic and locally sourced ingredients.
Art museum Artipelag has a permanent outdoor exhibition called Sculpture in Nature, which is exactly what it says – art placed in nature. The path takes you along the walkway through the woods, meadows and along the water where you can see sculptures on the way. The exhibition is ever changing and new works are added or sometimes moved to give a new perspective. The map for the outdoor exhibition can be bought in the museum’s shop. Don’t forget to check out the other exhibitions and grab a bite to eat in Bådan Café & Konditori.
Tip – Travel with M/S Gustavsberg VII from central Stockholm through the narrow passages of Baggenstäket to Artipelag. Prebook your ticket to secure space onboard.
On the island of Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm, you can find Moderna Museet, a popular art museum filled with modern Swedish and international works. Apart from the indoor exhibitions the museum also feature thirteen different sculptures scattered outside around the island, such as the colourful female shapes by Niki de Saint Phalle and rickety machines by Jean Tinguely. The statues can be found on the map available on the museum’s website.
In the Barouque gardens in Drottningholm Palace Park you can find an amazing collection of bronze statues, surrounded by lush greenery, coloured gravel and small fountains. The sculptures are moulded after works by Dutch sculptor Adrien de Vries. You can also explore other parts of the Palace Park such as the English Garden and the gardens by the Chinese Pavilion.
Tip – Travel to Drottningholm with historical ship M/S Prins Carl Philip from Klara Mälarstrand in central Stockholm. You can also book a table in the ship’s own restaurant and enjoy lunch on the way to Drottningholm. Prebook online for guaranteed space.
On the island of Royal Djurgården you can find two pieces that belong to the upcoming sculpture park PREKS that is currently being established by Princess Estelle’s foundation. Here you can see the sculpture ”Life rings”, created by Danish / Norweigian duo and Dragsets. The statue is 8 metres tall and consists of linked lifebuoys. The other piece is ”Hoop-la” by American sculptor Alice Aycook, inspired by extreme weather conditions and rhythmical movements.
Tip – If you take the boat sightseeing tour Royal Canal Tour you can see both sculptures from the boat as you pass through the canal.