Museums and Sightseeing During Christmas and New Year's 2018

Christmas in Stockholm
Photo by Henrik Trygg/mediabank.visitstockholm.com 
If you are planning on visiting Stockholm during the holiday season, you might be wondering which museums are open which days. There are, of course, a few 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?)- open every day (for the first time)!
  • Fotografiska (photography)- open every day! 
  • 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.
  • National Museum (classic/fine arts and design)-  Closed on Dec 24th and 31st 
  • 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 (though the souvenir shop is open on 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 23rd, 24th, 25th and 31st. 
  • 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. Closed otherwise on Mondays, but will be open on Dec 31st. 
  • Thielska Galleriet (art)- closed on Dec 24th, 25th, 31st and Jan 1st. Closed otherwise on Mondays.
  • Prins Eugens Waldermarsudde (art)- closed on Dec 24th, 25th and 31st. Otherwise closed on Mondays.
  • Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum (art)- closed on Dec 24th, 25th, 31st and Jan 1st. 
  • Naturhistoriska (natural history)- closed on Dec 23rd and 24th. Closed on Mondays but will be open on Dec 31st!
  • Drottningholm Palace- closed between Dec17th and 30th. Will be open daily between Dec 31st and Jan 6th 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. 
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

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