The Hallwyl Palace was built 1893-1898 to the design of Isak Gustaf Clason for Count Walther von Hallwyl and his wife Wilhelmina. It was created to accommodate the office of the count and the extensive art collection of the countess. While the exterior of the building and the court is historical in style — borrowing architectonic elements from medieval prototypes and Renaissance Venice — it was technically utterly modern on its completion — including electricity, central heating, telephones, and bathrooms, while the elevator was a later addition.

The countess collected her artworks during her worldwide journeys in order to found a museum, and, consequently, the palace was donated to the Swedish State in 1920, a decade before her death. The collection encompasses some 50,000 objects, and the museum is still open to the public.



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Founded: 1893-1898
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Sweden
Historical period: Union with Norway and Modernization (Sweden)


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Costa Constanti (6 months ago)
A spectacular museum! A beautiful mansion. A must see when in Stockholm. We were surprised it wasn’t better known on the tourist circuit. You have the place almost to yourself. It’s just stunning, full of amazing detail and old world charm. A beautiful home available to visit. We didn’t eat there, but the restaurant in the courtyard has a great atmosphere. I would eat there next time I visit.
Claire Law (6 months ago)
What a gem in the heart of Stockholm. The place is so well maintained, you almost feel you can just move in. ? It's a nice way to see how European noble's life was at early 1900. There's no entrance fee.
Georgia Hagler (7 months ago)
Excellent museum! This home was built in five years. The carpenter detailed woodwork is gorgeous. It is filled with fine artwork as well as a gun collection and sword collection. There are many collectable items including China. You can't beat the price of entry, it is free!
Deliky T (7 months ago)
Such a beautiful house. All the furniture and the accessories are the original ones. Like stepping back in time. Free to roam on your own. They have some guided tours but I was not in time for the English one. Definitely if in Stockholm to pay a visit
Collins Santhanasamy (13 months ago)
A cool place to see when in Stockholm - the home of Wilhelmina and Walther (Architect also designed the national museum's building) which was given to the state and is now a museum. It hosts several lavish rooms and a picture gallery. Due to covid we had to wait for a short while before entering but it was not very long. Free entry and friendly staff.
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