December 14, 2013

Museums During Christmas and New Year's 2013

(EDIT: For this year's information... click here!) Now... on to museums! There is always something open so you don't have to worry about wandering the streets aimlessly. However, many are closed on the major holidays (some more than others) so a list will help you plan your holiday visit better. If you are staying at the Rival Hotel and can't find the museum you are interested in... contact me directly. Stockholm has 80+ museums and I am only covering the major ones here! Please note that the National Museum is closed for renovations and instead they have exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (listed below). Some museums are closed on Mondays and I have added those dates as well when applicable (Dec. 23rd and 30th this year).

  • Skansen- open every day! Shorter hours on ceratin days.
  • Vasa Museum- closed on December 23rd, 24th, 25th and January 1st.
  • ABBA The Museum- closed only on December 24th!
  • Fotografiska (photography)- closed only on December 24th!
  • Skeppsholms Caverns (Bergrummet)- closed on December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st.
  • Moderna (modern art)- closed December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th, 31st and January 1st.
  • Center for Architecture & Design- closed December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th, 31st and January 1st.
  • Nobel Museum- closed December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th, 31st and January 1st.
  • Historiska (history)- closed December 23rd, 24th, 25th and 31st. 
  • Nordiska (nordic traditions)- closed on December 24th and 25th. 
  • Medeltids (medieval history)- closed December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th, 31st and January 1st.
  • Stadshuset (city hall)- closed December 24th, 25th, 26th and January 1st. Closes a bit earlier on other days.
  • Spritmuseum (alcohol spirits)- closed December 24th, 25th and 31st. 
  • Royal Palace- closed December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th, 31st and January 1st.
  • Livrustkammaren (royal armoury)- closed December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th, & 31st.
  • Konstakademien (Royal Acad. of Fine Arts)- closed December 24th, 25th and 31st.
  • Millesgården (art museum)- closed December 23rd, 24th, 25th and 30th.
  • Thielska Galleriet (art museum)- closed December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 30th, 31st and January 1st.
  • Liljevalchs (art museum)- closed December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th, 31st and January 1st.
  • Waldemarsudde (art museum)- closed December 23rd, 24th, 25th, 30th, & 31st.
  • Drottningholm Palace- closed between the 15th & 30th of December. Open daily between December 31st and January 6th (Swedish school's winter break). Click here for program.
  • Naturhistoriska (natural history)- closed December 23rd, 24th and 30th.
Sightseeing tours, provided by the company Strömma, are offered everyday during the holidays... like the Panorama bus tour and the Winter boat tour among others! The company Free Tours have walking tours everyday except December 24th and, as the name suggests, they are free. On the other hand, Stockholm Our Way is taking a holiday break... no guided tours between Dec 22nd and Jan 6th. So, with this list you should be able to keep yourself culturally active every day of your holiday visit in Stockholm.
Christmas tree in front of Fotografiska on a snowy day last year!

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