About the museum

Nordiska museet is Sweden’s largest museum of cultural history and brings stories about the life and people of the Nordic region. It is home to over one and a half million exhibits, including exclusive items and everyday objects, all with their own unique history. The collections reflect nordic lifestyle from the 16th century to the present day.

The major exhibition on display in the Great hall, The Arctic – While the Ice Is Melting, allows visitors to meet people from some of the world's coldest places, where the environment and living conditions are changing at a rapid pace.

Nordiska museet was given a special commendation at The European Museum of the Yeard Awards 2022. 

The museum building

The museum was founded back in 1873 by Artur Hazelius. The imposing building on Royal Djurgården island – a sight in itself – was designed in Renaissance style by Isak Gustaf Clason, and opened in 1907. The heart of the museum is an enormous hall, 126 metres long with a ceiling height of 24 metres. At the centre of the hall is a large oak statue of King Gustav Vasa (1523–1560), designed by the renowned sculptor Carl Milles.

Historical buildings and landscapes

In addition to the museum building at Djurgården, Nordiska museet also owns and manages several historical buildings and landscapes around Sweden. These are Julita Manor, Tyresö Palace, Svindersvik and Härkeberga. Nordiska museet is in charge of the daily operations and management of the 400 buildings and land, in cooperation with local associations and municipalities.

Explore our palace and manors

a castle by the water