The National Museum


in short

The Nationalmuseum is Sweden's museum of art and design. The collections comprise paintings and sculpture, decorative arts, drawings, and prints from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century, as well as decorative arts and design to the present day. The Nationalmuseum building is currently closed for renovation and will reopen October 2018.

The Nationalmuseum, built 1866, Stockholm.
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The National Museum

in detail

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.
Read more about temporary exhibitions and cooperations on our website.

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

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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Visitor entrance

Södra Blasieholmshamnen
S-10324 Stockholm
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Opening Times

Museet är stängt inför renovering och öppnar oktober 2018 / The Museum is currently closed for renovation and will reopen October 2018. - The exhibition portal for Europe