Nordiska museet 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 first exhibit collected by Artur Hazelius in 1872 – a skirt from Stora Tuna parish in Dalarna.

Photography Collection, archives and library

Nordiska museet archives contain documents from societies, companies and private individuals, as well as letters, diaries, memoirs and other accounts and anecdotes – covering more than 4,500 metres of shelf space in all.

The museum’s Photography Collection comprise approximately six million photographs, while the library holds more than 250,000 books and journals, as well as brochures, maps and product catalogues.

Only a fraction of the collections is displayed in the exhibitions, but many items can be accessed by other means. New media and expert staff are helping to open up the museum for the visitors of today. Four key areas of knowledge feature particularly prominently: clothing and fashion, home and living, customs and practices and the cultivation of natural resources are the main fields in which the museum specialises.

The library on the ground floor is the museum’s meeting place for cultural history. Visitors can come here and take a closer look at the collections in beautiful and peaceful surroundings. This is where you will find an office for dealing with all kinds of questions, and where you can also study archived material and search the databases for particular exhibition themes and objects.

The collection also includes all the buildings on the farm Julita in Södermanland, Svindersvik in Nacka, Tyresö castle and Härkeberga chaplain farm outside Enköping.


Nordiska museet is in an exciting period where we are preparing for new exhibitions and all our resources are therefore limited. The museum has decided to stop all short term loans during the period February 2020 to Autumn 2023. The temporary stop for loans out includes all museum’s collections: objects, archival documents, film and photographs, posters and also reproductions.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and hope for your understanding.

Long-term loans and depositions are not affected by this moratorium.