November 29, 2017

Museums and Sightseeing During the Holiday Season 2017

Dancing around the tree (at Skansen)
Photo by Pernille Tofte/Skansen
I have been getting quite a few questions already about what guests can do when they are in Stockholm during the Christmas and New Year season, so I thought that I would go ahead and post this... a list of the main museums and attractions in Stockholm and which days they will be closed. Lots of closures, but there is always at least two museums open each day as well as a sightseeing tour, so you won't have to just aimlessly wander the streets without anything to do! Each museum is linked to their website so you can check exact hours and get more information. Stockholm does have around 80 museums and attractions. I obviously can't list them all so, if you are staying at the Rival Hotel, contact me directly for information about other museums. You will find some information about sightseeing after the list.
The Vasa Ship
Photo by Yanan Li/mediabank.visitstockholm.com 

  • Skansen (open air museum and zoo)- open every day, free entrance on Dec 24th.
  • Vasa Museum (17th century preserved warship)- closed on Dec 23rd to 25th and Jan 1st. Closes early (3pm) on Dec 31st. 
  • ABBA the Museum (self explanatory, no?)- closed only on Dec 24th! 
  • Fotografiska (photography)- closed only on Dec 24th! 
  • Moderna (modern art)- closed on Dec 24th, 25th, 31st & Jan 1st, otherwise closed on Mondays. 
  • Center for Architecture and Design- closed on Dec 24th, 25th, 31st & Jan 1st, otherwise closed on Mondays. 
  • Nobel Museum (Alfred Nobel and the Nobel Prizes)- closed on Dec 24th, 25th, 31st & Jan 1st, otherwise closed on Mondays. 
  • Historiska (Swedish history/Vikings)- closed on Dec 24th, 25th and 31st. Closed on Mondays, but open on Jan 1st. 
  • Nordiska (cultural history)- open every day! 
  • Medeltidsmuseet (medieval history of Stockholm)- closed on Dec 24th, 25th, 31st and Jan 1st. Otherwise closed on Mondays. 
  • Stadshuset (city hall)- closed on Dec 24th, 25th, 26th and Jan 1st. Shorter hours on other days during this period. 
  • Vikingaliv (Vikings)- closed on Dec 23rd, 24th and 25th. Closes early (3pm) on Dec 31st. 
  • Spritmuseum (spirits, as in adult beverages)- closed Dec 24th, 25th, 31st and Jan 1st. 
  • The Royal Palace- closed Dec 24th and 25th. Closed on Mondays except Jan 1st when the Royal Apartments will be open. Check the website for the different museums within the palace (i.e. The Treasury). 
  • Livrustkammaren (Royal Armoury)- closed on Dec 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st and Jan 1st. Otherwise closed on Mondays. 
  • Millesgården (sculpture & art)- closed on Dec 24th and 25th and closes early (3pm) on Dec 31st. Closed on Mondays but will be open on Jan 1st. 
  • Thielska Galleriet (art)- closed on Dec 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st and Jan 1st. Closed otherwise on Mondays.
  • Prins Eugens Waldermarsudde (art)- closed on Dec 24th, 25th, 31st and Jan 1st. Otherwise closed on Mondays.
  • Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum (art)- closed on Dec 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st, Jan 1st and 2nd. 
  • Naturhistoriska (natural history)- closed on Dec 23rd and 24th. Closed on Mondays but will be open on Dec 25th and Jan 1st!
  • Drottningholm Palace- closed between Dec11th and 30th. Will be open daily between Dec 31st and Jan 7th during the Swedish winter school break). After that just on Saturdays and Sundays until April.
  • Junibacken (the world of Astrid Lindgren, for children)- closed on Dec 24th and 25th. 
At ABBA the Museum!
In regards to sightseeing... Strömma will be offering different sightseeing tours during this period, like their Panorama bus tour (daily), Archipelago boat tour (most days, though not Dec 24th), Winter boat tour (daily from Dec 18th) as well as the Hop-On/Off bus (daily). Free Tour Stockholm will have daily tours... check website for tours and times. If you are interested in a private tour, check OURWAY Tours or book your own authorized guide
Christmas at Skeppsbron
Photo by Henrik Trygg/mediabank.visitstockholm.com 

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