Museums in Sweden

Alingsås Museum

The industrial history of Alingsås began in 1724 when Jonas Alström established there a factory. The factory had 1,000 employees already in the mid-18th century. The Alströmerska warehouse at the Lilla Torget is the city’s oldest secular building. It was built in the beginning of the 1730s and is the only property left from the Alströmerska époque. The building was first used by Jonas Als ...
Founded: 1730s | Location: Alingsås, Sweden

Arboga Museum

In 1846 the merchant Anders Öhrström built a lavish residence for himself and his family – The Öhrström estate (Öhrströms gård) on Nygatan has been meticulously renovated and its period rooms and features are a true asset to Arboga. The estate is now home to Arboga Museum. The museum also houses a large photographic archive and library in addition to modern facilities for exhibit ...
Founded: 1846 | Location: Arboga, Sweden

Västerbotten Museum

Västerbotten Museum is one of the most popular county museums in Sweden. The permanent exhibitions trace human history in Västerbotten through the centuries, from prehistoric times to the present day. There is also lots of information on the native Sami people and their culture. There is a shop here where you can pick up a souvenir. The museum is located at Gammlia, where you’ll also find a lively open-air museum, an ...
Founded: | Location: Umeå, Sweden

Åsle Tå

Åsle Tå lies in the countryside just to the east of Falköping. It is a living museum made up of a historic collection of traditional crofters’ cottages. This is the place to come if you are interested in the way of life of ordinary farmers in the area in the past. There is a restaurant here and a shop. Guided tours are available for groups by arrangement.
Founded: 18th century | Location: Falköping, Sweden

Wadköping Open Air Museum

Wadköping open-air museum with its wooden buildings and courtyards gives an idea of what Örebro's buildings and city environment used to look like. Wadköping has been located here since its opening in 1965 and comprises buildings and courtyards moved here from central Örebro. A town street runs through the middle of Wadköping with buildings on either side. One side, with its low-proportioned, red- ...
Founded: 1965 | Location: Örebro, Sweden

Vadstena Museum

Vadstena City Museum displays the history of Vadstena from the Middle Ages to present. There is also a collection of famous Vadstena laces.
Founded: 1949 | Location: Vadstena, Sweden

Landskrona Museum

Landskrona Museum exhibits the local history of Landskrona. It is located to the old barracks built in 1751-1760. In addition to permanent exhibition there are about 15 temporary exhibitions annually.
Founded: | Location: Landskrona, Sweden

Bohuslän Museum

Bohuslän region museum exhibits the history of Uddevalla and surrounding coastal area. There are also other exhibitions like European art collection of John Johnson (1861-1951), a wealthy businessman and art collector.
Founded: | Location: Uddevalla, Sweden

Dalarö Museum

Dalarö Museum is situated to the old Custom’s House built in 1788. The museum exhibits the Age of Greatness and the seafaring history of Dalarö. The museum is open in summer season.
Founded: 1788 | Location: Dalarö, Sweden

Dalarna Museum

The exhibition shows the industrial heritage of Falun and the province of Dalarna. People from Dalarna have had to be creative to provide for themselves in a harsh environment. A variety of industries, including the copper mine in Falun, suited to the natural resources of the area, have developed and dominated the Dalarna landscape for over a thousand years. The gallery features craftwork and industrial products from the ...
Founded: | Location: Falun, Sweden

Borgholm City Museum

Borgholm City Museum is housed in a beautiful building dating from the first half of the 19th century. The permanent collections include displays of tools, weapons, domestic objects, clothing and handicrafts created over the centuries. You can see examples of authentic period interiors. The basement contains a collection of archaeological finds from the earliest years of settlement. There is also a collection of model shi ...
Founded: | Location: Borgholm, Sweden

Enköping Museum

The museum is housed in the old town hall from 1780 and is a cultural history museum describing the history of the municipality from the Stone Age until the present day. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, the museum puts on temporary exhibitions of thematic nature. Guide in English to the exhibition Gryningsland (Land of Dawn) about the area in prehistoric times.
Founded: | Location: Enköping, Sweden

Småland Museum

Småland Museum is the oldest county museum in Sweden. It opened in the present building in 1885. Permanent exhibitions display the history of Småland from the Stone Ages through the silver treasure of Vikings to 19th and 20th century living style. There is also a glass museum.
Founded: 1885 | Location: Växjö, Sweden

Bunge Museum

The open-air museum at Bunge is a folk museum which shows how the Gotlandic peasants of the past lived. The museum's creator, schoolteacher Th. Erlandsson (1869-1953), moved to Bunge from central Gotland at the end of the 19th century. At that time most of Gotland's old buildings had already disappeared and he decided to try to save those that remained. Many local people also became interested in this idea and a piece of ...
Founded: 1908 | Location: Fårösund, Sweden

Disagården

Disagården is an outdoor museum where visitors get a glimpse of how people lived in rural areas during the late 1800s. Part of Uppland Museum, this site preserves the way of life of19th century flatland farmers. You can see a collection of furnished buildings illustrating living and working conditions. Traditional breeds of animals graze the fields. You can learn about the traditional varieties of apples grown here ...
Founded: | Location: Uppsala, Sweden

Hospital Museum

Vadstena Hospital Museum covers the town's hospital tradition. The museum building is an old mental hospital built in 1757. The 16th century Mårten Skinnares House is situated next to the museum and open during guided tours of the museum.
Founded: 1757 | Location: Vadstena, Sweden

Eslöv Museum

Eslöv Museum lies in the heart of the town. It was established in 2000 and is contained within a former merchant’s house from the late nineteenth century. The museum’s permanent exhibition traces the development of the settlement from a small farming village to a thriving commercial centre as the railways arrived. The museum also hosts changing temporary exhibitions on themes with some relevance to the ...
Founded: 2000 | Location: Eslöv, Sweden

Borås Museum

The Borås open air museum exhibits the traditional building methods and lifestyles of past centuries. The buildings have been transported from various parts of the Sjuhärad region. The unique sight is a wooden church built in 1690. It has been moved from Kinnarumma.
Founded: | Location: Borås, Sweden

Falkenberg Museum

Falkenberg Museum gives insights into various aspects of the city’s history. Some of the most popular permanent exhibitions are recreations of domestic and commercial environments from the nineteen fifties. You can see the interior of a shoemaker’s and a dressmaker’s shop, and of an apartment from this period. There is also an exhibition on the history of the railway in the city. The museum has a shop. G ...
Founded: | Location: Falkenberg, Sweden

Eksjö Museum

Eksjö Museum was established in 1960 when Albert Engström donated a significant collection of historical equipments to the city of Eksjö. The museum exhibits this collection, the history of Eksjö and the war history of Småland. The museum is located to the site of old leather factory.
Founded: 1960 | Location: Eksjö, Sweden

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

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Palazzo Colonna

The Palazzo Colonna is a palatial block of buildings built in part over ruins of an old Roman Serapeum, and has belonged to the prestigious Colonna family for over twenty generations.

The first part of the palace dates from the 13th century, and tradition holds that the building hosted Dante in his visit to Rome. The first documentary mention notes that the property hosted Cardinal Giovanni and Giacomo Colonna in the 13th century. It was also home to Cardinal Oddone Colonna before he ascended to the papacy as Martin V (1417–1431).

With his passing, the palace was sacked during feuds, and the main property passed into the hands of the Della Rovere family. It returned to the Colonna family when Marcantonio I Colonna married Lucrezia Gara Franciotti Della Rovere, the niece of pope Julius II. The Colonna"s alliance to the Habsburg power, likely protected the palace from looting during the Sack of Rome (1527).

Starting with Filippo Colonna (1578–1639) many changes have refurbished and create a unitary complex around a central garden. Architects including Girolamo Rainaldi and Paolo Marucelli labored on specific projects. Only in the 17th and 18th centuries were the main facades completed. Much of this design was completed by Antonio del Grande (including the grand gallery), and Girolamo Fontana (decoration of gallery). In the 18th century, the long low facade designed by Nicola Michetti with later additions by Paolo Posi with taller corner blocks (facing Piazza Apostoli) was constructed recalls earlier structures resembling a fortification.

The main gallery (completed 1703) and the masterful Colonna art collection was acquired after 1650 by both the cardinal Girolamo I Colonna and his nephew the Connestabile Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna and includes works by Lorenzo Monaco, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Palma the Elder, Salviati, Bronzino, Tintoretto, Pietro da Cortona, Annibale Carracci (painting of The Beaneater), Guercino, Francesco Albani, Muziano and Guido Reni. Ceiling frescoes by Filippo Gherardi, Giovanni Coli, Sebastiano Ricci, and Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari celebrate the role of Marcantonio II Colonna in the battle of Lepanto (1571). The gallery is open to the public on Saturday mornings.

The older wing of the complex known as the Princess Isabelle"s apartments, but once housing Martin V"s library and palace, contains frescoes by Pinturicchio, Antonio Tempesta, Crescenzio Onofri, Giacinto Gimignani, and Carlo Cesi. It contains a collection of landscapes and genre scenes by painters like Gaspard Dughet, Caspar Van Wittel (Vanvitelli), and Jan Brueghel the Elder.

Along with the possessions of the Doria-Pamphilij and Pallavacini-Rospigliosi families, this is one of the largest private art collections in Rome.