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 tradition. The museum gives a comprehensive picture of the economic and cultural development on Öland and with its central location provides a particularly fine and rewarding destination for the visitor to the island.
Apart from the smallholdings, complete with carefully preserved interiors, machinery, tools and equipment, the museum is also responsible for a sinzeable Art museum and several other exhibition buildings. In short, it is amply equipped to provide a wide and varying program of exhibitions and other arrangements.
The museum shop stocks a broad range of quality handcrafts, books, souvenirs, ice-cream, postcards etc. The cafeteria offers refreshments, snacks and light meals in a traditional setting. During the summerseason, frome May 15th to August 31th, the museum is open daily.References:
Ängsö Castle was first named as "Engsev" in a royal charter by king Canute I of Sweden (r. 1167-1196), in which he stated that he had inherited the property after his father Eric IX of Sweden. Until 1272, it was owned by the Riseberga Abbey, and then taken over by Gregers Birgersson.
From 1475 until 1710, it was owned by the Sparre family. The current castle was built as a fortress by riksråd Bengt Fadersson Sparre in the 1480s. In 1522, Ängsö Castle was taken after a siege by king Gustav Vasa, since its owner, Fadersson's son Knut Bengtsson, sided with Christian II of Denmark. However, in 1538 it was given by the king to Bengtsson's daughter Hillevi Knutsdotter, who was married to Arvid Trolle.
In 1710, the castle was taken over by Carl Piper and Christina Piper. Ängsö Castle was owned by the Piper family from 1710 until 1971, and is now owned by the Westmanna foundation. The castle building itself was made into a museum in 1959 and was made a listed building in 1965. It is currently opened to visitors during the summers.
The castle is a cubical building in four stores made by stone and bricks. The lower parts is preserved from the middle ages. It was redecorated and expanded in the 1630s. The 4th storey as well as the roof is from the expansion of Carl Hårleman from 1740-41. It gained its current appearance in the 1740s.