As many museums and other establishments have closed their door due to the current pandemic, finding inspiration of things to do can seem near impossible. Do you miss visiting museums? Although the opportunity of physically visiting your favourite museum is lesser than normal, many museums have are giving their guest the chance to visit them virtually. One of benefits of doing this is that you can fit your museum fix to when it suits you. You also have the opportunity to visit museums in other places, both in Sweden and abroad – there is a whole new world waiting to be discovered. We will guide you to five of the best virtual museums in Stockholm that you can visit from home.
Located on Blasieholmen in central Stockholm you can find the newly renovated Nationalmuseum – one of Sweden’s top art and design museums. Here you can find paintings, sculptures, miniatures, craft, design, drawings and portrait photography dating from the 1500’s until today. Nationalmuseum currently offer several virtual tours and films to guide you through their collections. The films are narrated by Swedish television show host, actor and musician Nassim al Fakir and will tell you all about the paintings, furniture, sculptures and much more. There is also an online lecture on Swedish artists and you can also enrol in two different online courses in art and design history.
Top tip - You can order a gift certificate for the lecture series on Swedish artists for someone that is especially interested in art. The lectures are all online and take place Thursdays at 5 pm rom 28th of January until 4th of March. Total price for all lectures is 500 SEK.
On the small island of Skeppsholmen you can find Moderna Museet, one of the world’s leading museums of modern art. They have a collection of over 130 000 pieces of different techniques and genres. They are currently doing live streams with ”virtual sofa tours” which can be found on their Facebook page. Here you can follow a guide showing and talking about selected pieces. You can also ask the guide questions. If you miss a live stream they can usually be found on the museums website for another two weeks. Don’t forget to check out their YouTube channel and podcast.
Did you know that the Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in all of Scandinavia? It is part of the stately maritime and historical transport museums. Here you will find out everything about the Vasa ship, one of the world’s best preserved ships from the 1600’s. The ship sank in 1628 as it left it’s harbour in Stockholm for its maiden journey. It was salvaged after 333 years and it can now be found at the museum on the island of Royal Djurgården. Until the museum opens up again you can see films from exhibitions, interviews with scientific researchers, sneak peaks from the work that goes on behind the scenes and much more. There are also thousands o pictures available of the ship and items that were found on board if you are interested.
Are you interested in science and technology? Then remember to visit Tekniska Museet in Stockholm once the pandemic is over. It’s a great space to come together and explore the wonders of science and travel from the beginning of the industrial revolution to the grand visions of the future. They also have an online page filled with exiting digital material that you can take part of now. Here you can find short films, a virtual version of the exhibition ”Hyper Human”, tips of experiments that you can do at home, robot yoga and much more.
Stadsmuseet is run by the council and located near Slussen. It tells the history of the city of Stockholm through exhibitions, teaching and public activities. They work with cultural and architectural topics, as well as archaeology. They’ve operated a digital museum since 2012 and in the last year it has become more relevant than ever. Here you can see photography, art, written pieces and documentation from Stockholm. The page is always evolving as more material is digitalised and the page is updated.
Take a break from your computer screen and book a guided boat tour in the archipelago. The Archipelago Tour with guide gives you the opportunity to step onboard classic archipelago ship M/S Östanå I and enjoy the stunning views of the wintery archipelago as the guide tells you fascinating facts and stories about the sights you pass. There is a cafeteria onboard where you can buy a hot drink, classic Swedish “fika” and assorted snacks and drinks. Stromma takes the pandemic very seriously and have done our upmost to reduce the spread of infection onboard – read about all precautionary measures here.