The new Nationalmuseum will be a user-friendly and open museum for art experiences on a large and small scale – all in a building that is sustainable in the long term.
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History of Nationalmuseum
It was built in 1866 as a public museum to a design by architect Friedrich August Stüler. His conviction that architecture and ornamentation could improve the art experience is central to the Nationalmuseum building. The halls vary in size, décor, colour and lighting.
Background to the renovation
Over the decades, the museum has been reorganised and adapted to meet expanded operational needs. The building has, however, never been renovated and no longer meets current international standards of safety, climate, fireproofing, working environment and logistics for the public. The refit will enable modern operational and regulatory requirements to be met.
The collections comprise around 700,000 objects – historical paintings, sculptures, drawings and graphic art, as well as applied art and design up to the modern day – built up from royal art collections that have been bequeathed to the state. Up until the 1990s, whole collections were gradually transferred to other parties, forming the basis for or becoming part of museums such as the Swedish History Museum, the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities and Moderna Museet.
The museum’s objective
Nationalmuseum, incorporating Prince Eugen’s Waldemarsudde, is a government authority that falls within the remit of the Swedish Ministry of Culture. Our mission is to preserve the nation’s cultural heritage and promote art. Our task is to focus on preservation, public access and expertise. Before its closure for refurbishment, the museum on Blasieholmen received around 400,000 visitors a year. During the summer period around a third of those visitors came from countries other than Sweden. The new Nationalmuseum will offer the potential to double visitor numbers.
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