July 9, 2010

The National Museum

The National Museum is the premier art and design museum in Stockholm. I took a swing by today to check the summer exhibitions. It is located on Blasieholm right across the water from the royal palace. Swedish artists, like Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn, take the forefront, though there are great works by international artists like Rembrandt, Gaugin and Renoir. There is a great permanent exhibition on Swedish design in the 20th century. Swedish design is world famous and it is interesting to see how it evolved. See early IKEA, glass and crystal from Orrefors and even interior design from SAS. Another exhibition follows earlier Swedish design from 1500 to 1740. There are two great exhibitions this summer. One is a look at Scandinavian Interiors seen through the eyes of artists called At Home. Last day for this exhibition is August 15th. The other exhibition is a look at the Bernadotte royal family (over the past 6 generations) through black & white photography, drawings and graphic art. This exhibition is free of charge, seperate from the rest of the museum, and will run until January 23rd, 2011. Entrance for the rest of the museum is 100 SEK (80 for seniors and free for youths 18yrs and under). Free with the Stockholm Card.
The opening hours this summer are Tuesdays 11am to 8pm, Wednesday through Sunday 11am to 5pm, closed on Mondays.
To get there: The museum is very centrally located and easy to walk to, otherwise the closest subway station is Kungsträdgården (blue line).

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