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10 free museums in Stockholm

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Fargfabriken
The contemporary gallery Färgfabriken is just one of the many free museums in Stockholm. Arild

Note: This article was updated on August 29, 2014 with new information, links and photos.

A few years ago, the government decreed that all museums in Stockholm would offer free entry. Unfortunately for tourists and museum-lovers alike, this did not prove to be economically feasible and the experiment was brought to an end.

Luckily, Stockholm’s museums continue to draw crowds, even if those crowds now have to pay to get in. The Stockholm tourist board boasts that the city has over 70 museums, and for the Cheapos out there, some are still free to the public. Many museums offer free entry to children, which, in the Stockholm museums tends to be anyone under the age of 19. But be sure to ask before you waltz in.) Others offer discounts for students and retirees. Still others open their doors free to the public for a few hours every week. It’s not always easy to keep track.

Related: 5 budget tips for keeping things cheap in Stockholm

Here’s a quick rundown of ten museums in Stockholm that are easily reachable by bus or subway. All ten are free to the public no matter your age, or the day for that matter:

Dansmuseet

Dansmuseet (Museum for the Performing and Visual Arts) has frequent live performances. Photo: Olf P

1. Dansmuseet

The Museum for the Performing and Visual Arts focuses on dance and theater from various cultures; they even offer live performances at times.

2. Forum för Levande Historia

This living history museum provides a haunting look at crimes against humanity (the Holocaust for example) that aims to remind people of the past in order to avoid such events in the future.

3. Färgfabriken

This space is a gallery that works with contemporary art of various forms. They offer plenty of exhibitions as well as workshops for those interested in getting their hands dirty.

Haga Park Museum

It’s worth the trek to this beautiful park to see the Haga Park Museum. Photo: truusbobjantoo

4. Haga parkmuseum

Quite a distance from the city center, the Haga parkmuseum describes the history and architecture of the surrounding park. The park itself is beautiful and includes the ruins of Gustav III’s unfinished castle.

5. Kulturhuset

The famous Kulturhuset offers temporary exhibitions throughout the year (we’ve written about it before), everything from photography, theater, and comic books. Not all exhibitions are free, but there is always something open to the public.

Stockholm Library

The National Library of Sweden is always free to explore. Photo: Fredrik A

6. Kungliga biblioteket

This museum, also known as the National Library of Sweden, is home to the Codex Gigas, often referred to as the Devil’s Bible. Unfortunately, the Codex Gigas is not viewable by the public; however, the collection of historical documents is still impressive.

7. Magasin 3 Stockholm konsthall

You’ll have to take the bus a ways to get out here, in fact, as it’s located near an industrial shipyard. However, the location of the art museum only adds to the atmosphere and the various contemporary art exhibitions that are displayed.

8. Stockholms medeltidsmuseum

The Museum of Medieval Stockholm offers a look at Middle Ages Stockholm set in an underground building just a stone’s throw away from the royal castle. The only visible remains of Stockholm’s medieval city wall are located, still intact, in the museum. There is even a medieval tunnel from the museum to the castle, which is very much closed to the public.

Stockholm City Museum

Stockholm City Museum is another freebie that shouldn’t be missed! Photo: arjanrichter

9. Stockholms Stadsmuseum

Stockholm’s City Museum provides a quick look at the history of Stockholm from the past to the contemporary issues dominating the city today. If you’re new to the city, it’s a great place to get your bearings.

10. Tullmuseum

This Swedish Customs Museum offers plenty of exhibitions about the history of customs in Sweden. Of course, when it comes to customs, it tends to be the smuggling that is interesting, and the museum focuses much of its efforts on smuggling and anti-smuggling displays.

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Marcus Cederstrom

About the author: Marcus Cederström was born in Sweden and moved to the US just before his sixth birthday. After 17 years in the US, Marcus moved back to Sweden. His daily adventures and musings are chronicled in his blog, A Swedish American in Sweden.

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