Museums in Sweden

Falbygden Museum

The museum has exhibitions about the many ancient monuments, findings and a special emphasis on the Stone Age farmer.
Founded: | Location: Falköping, Sweden

Museum of Norrbotten

Norrbotten County Museum exhibits the history of Norrbotten and Samish culture.
Founded: 1936 | Location: Luleå, Sweden

Falsterbo Museum

Falsterbo Museum displays the history of Falsterbo and southern Scania. The exhibitions include artefacts, models and interiors from the Stone Age to the 20th century. The 13th and 14th centuries were the heyday of Falsterbo area and this is particularly highlighted in the museum.
Founded: | Location: Skanör-Falsterbo, Sweden

Norrköping Art Museum

The Norrköping Art Museum history began with a generous donation by Swedish industrialist Pehr Swartz at the beginning of the 20th century. The collection was exhibited in Villa Swartz, where the first public museum and library in Norrköping opened in 1913. In the autumn of 1946 Norrköping Museum was inaugurated at Kristinaplatsen. This modernistic building was designed by architect Kurt von Schmalensee. A ...
Founded: 1913 | Location: Norrköping, Sweden

Jönköping County Museum

Jönköping County Museum exhibitions consists of archaeological foundings, church and peasant art, and other local cultural heritage.
Founded: | Location: Jönköping, Sweden

Bror Hjorths Hus

Bror Hjorths Hus, (Bror Hjorth's House) is a museum of the artist Bror Hjorth (1894-1968). The museum has a large collection of Hjorth's work. The house which was built in 1943 was for 25 years the home and studio of Bror Hjorth. It became a museum in 1978.
Founded: 1978 | Location: Uppsala, Sweden

Bottarvegården

Bottarvegården is an open-air museum exhibiting the countryside living in the 19th century. The main building was built in 1844 an other buildings date also from the late 1800s. Interiors and furnitures are well-preserved. There is also a café and giftshop. Bottarvegården is open in summer season.
Founded: 1844 | Location: Burgsvik, Sweden

Julita Manor

Julita Manor and open-air museum is located at the site of former Cistercian Julita abbey. The monastery was originally founded in 1160 at Viby, close to Sigtuna, but under the patronage of King Knut Eriksson, who donated land and a right to parts of the fishing at Älvkarleby, it was moved in 1180 to Säby by the lake Öljaren in Julita. The monastery was therefore also known as Säby, or Saba in Latin. I ...
Founded: | Location: Katrineholm, Sweden

Himmelsberga Öland Museum

The Öland museum is situated in the local history centre of Himmelsberga. Himmelsberga is a village of carefully preserved buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries in which the visitor can experience a genuine historical environment, and enjoy exhibitions of contemporary and older works of art from the island. In addition, the aim of the museum is to show the finest products from Ölands´s long handcraft ...
Founded: | Location: Borgholm, Öland, Sweden

Örnsköldsvik Museum

Örnsköldsvik Museum contains of a museum and art gallery. The Jugend style museum building was completed in 1905 by Albert Thurdin. The museum displays local history and has temporary international exhibitions.
Founded: 1905 | Location: Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

Kvarnen Museum

The Kvarnen Museum is dedicated to the memory of the poet Nils Ferlin. The ground floor contains permanent exhibitions related to the life and work of the writer. The displays concentrate mainly on the early years of his life. The first floor hosts changing temporary art exhibitions in various media. The museum is located by the river in the heart of Filipstad. It was opened in 2005.
Founded: | Location: Filipstad, Sweden

Lödöse Museum

Lödöse Museum exhibits the life in medieval Scania. The museum has three permanent exhibitions portraying how people lived during different times in history – “Medieval Lödöse”, “Images of our Ancestors” and “The Shipyard Historical Exhibition”. There is also a medieval herb garden. The museum also hosts a variety of temporary exhibitions.
Founded: | Location: Lödöse, Sweden

Swedish Artillery Museum

The Artillery Museum is located on the training area once used by the former Wendes Artillery Regiment. It houses the Army Museum collection of artillery pieces. All of the types of guns, howitzers, mortars and grenade launchers used by the Swedish army from the beginning of the 1700s are on display, together with artillery equipment such as gun carriages, harnesses, towing vehicles, radar and fire control equipment and a ...
Founded: | Location: Kristianstad, Sweden

Oppstuhage

Haget, Christian Eriksson’s childhood home in Taserud, is scenically located within walking distance of downtown Arvika. The building was built in 1894 as the home and studio of Eriksson. It has been renovated and extended to include two exhibit wings that teem with works of art. The house now serves as the museum’s entrance and café. Architect Rune Falk designed the museum. King Carl-Gustaf XVI offici ...
Founded: 1894 | Location: Arvika, Sweden

Kämpens Museum

Kämpens is a well-preserved farmstead originating from the 16th century and a farmhouse of great historical and cultural significance. There are many preserved objects of Hälsingland's folk art. The museum is open in summer season.
Founded: | Location: Bollnäs, Sweden

Rommehed Barracks

Rommehed Barracks served as the Dala Regiment’s meeting place and parade ground between 1796 and 1908. Today an impressive monument set in attractive park surroundings. In the museum you get to meet the eager to fight rural farmer, the mercenary in the Carolinian army and his wife, foot-soldiers and officers from peacetime.
Founded: 1796 | Location: Borlänge, Sweden

Sjörup Old Church

The old church of Sjörup waas built between 1150-1170 by “stone master Carl”. The tower and sacristy were added around 1270. The church was left to decay in the 19th century when it was noted to be too small. The restoration was started in 20th century. There is a rune stone called Sjörupstenen in the churchyard, dating from the 10th century.
Founded: 1150-1170 | Location: Ystad, Sweden

Skäftekärr

At Skäftekärr you willl find an Iron Age village, where you can see the excavated foundations of twenty two houses. There is a full-scale reconstruction of an Iron Age House, where visitors can get a real sense of how people lived about fifteen hundred years ago. There are signposted walks and trails in the area. You’ll also find a beautiful landscaped park with an arboretum containing 140 types of tree. T ...
Founded: | Location: Löttorp, Öland, Sweden

Björklinge Parish Museum

The museum, housed in the old vicarage barn, displays machines, tools, and other objects from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries that were made and used in Björklinge. Included is a collection of clothing from the beginning of the 20th century. A number of photo exhibitions show Björklinge from times past to modern times, Björklinge in the 1920s, the church, church-related functions, and the 40-year history ...
Founded: | Location: Uppsala, Sweden

Vemmenhög School Museum

The furnishings of the museum reflect different periods of time, spanning from the early 1900's to the 1970's. In Västra Vemmenhög there is a walking path that leads up to the little waterfall. It then passes through the village, before leading back to the school. The museum is open during the season, at other times open by appointment.
Founded: | Location: Skurup, 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.