„Another reason to visit the German Church is that it is free. I know what traveling to Stockholm is all about!“ – was the advice our guide of the Free Walking Tour in Stockholm gave us. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to visit the church because of its strange working hours. However, we did visit a lot of free museums.
So, if you are wondering what cheap or free thing you can do while in Stockholm, here are some suggestions:
History Museum (Historiska Museet)
The History Museum in Stockholm offers a walk through history and has a completely free entry.
It goes without saying that there is a lot about vikings there, too!
Guess where these doors are leading to!
The museum really makes you a part of history. Going through so many years in that pace can be really tiring.
Ethnographic Museum (Ethnografiska Museet)
I had a good feeling about this museum from the previous evening when we were making our plans for the next day. It turned out I was not only right about how cool it would be, but it also gave us some unexpected surprises.
It might not be very big, but it is thoughtfully made and has a lot of exhibits. (In order to contain them all some of them are put into cabinets. See the photos below.)
However, we almost missed the best part of the museum. Good thing that Mimi is curious and decided to see what is in the corridor that says “Playground”.
This part of the museum is supposedly for kids, but we had great fun there too. We also learned a lot about the tolerance of the Swedish people.
Maritime Museum (Sjöhistoriska Museet)
After the visit to the Ethnographic Museum we were full of energy and positive emotions. It was time to visit the Maritime Museum that is really close and also completely free. There we were once again surprised. We found a lot of maps, pictures, photos, reproductions of ships, submarines, boats and more.
We are so excited about all of this that we spend a lot of time there and it is almost the end of the working day for the museum. We are just about to leave, when we see that there is a second floor! We have to be extremely quick in exploring it.
Coming out of the Maritime Museum we are welcomed by a magnificent sunset. (I know it is not a museum by itself, but it is still a free thing to do in Stockholm.)
The fourth day of our stay in Stockholm was really the day of the free museums for us! That’s why we start by going to the Skeppsholmen Island (or as I like to call it – The Free Museum Island). There we plan to visit the Swedish Center for Architecture, Moderna Museet and the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (Östasiatiska Museet). On our way to the island we are supposed to visit the National Museum. However, it turned out it is under some heavy reconstruction and we couldn’t enter.
So, we started with the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities (Östasiatiska Museet).
After that we start searching for the Swedish Center of Architecture
It turned out we had found it, but it was not what we expected. There was actually just a cafe and a few rooms, that looked like workshops. To get to them you need to go behind the kitchen of a restaurant. I don’t think there is anything worth seeing there.
Our last free museum on this island is Moderna Museet.
All out of nowhere in front of us is a long queue of people staying outside in the cold. They are in front of the museum but are not waiting to get in it. There is something else going on.
What is happening? Since this island is not a very big one earlier this day we were going by this place and there was literally nobody there. Where did all of these people come from? After a short research we discovered, that Marina Abramovic has a performance in Stockholm at this time. All these people are waiting to get involved in it!
There was no way we can get into that, the queue was growing by the second. (Despite all this Mimi decided to pretend she didn’t know what was happening and get in one of the halls of the performance. It was unsuccessful. Too bad.) However, we did visit the Museum of modern art and even watched a part of the free projection of the documentary movie about Marina Abramovic. Since the art is really modern we will not put photos from there here. It has to be experienced.
We continued our journey through the free museum of Stockholm with The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities (Medelhavsmuseet) and The Royal Armory (Livrustkammaren).
So these were the free museums we visited during our stay in Stockholm. One thing made an impression on us as a common ground between all of them. They are doing everything they can to attract visitors. Almost every museum has a place for kids and offers different attractions for them. Also there is usually a restaurant or a cafe.
P.S. Some more info and tips
Leaving aside all of their pros, the free museums of Stockholm have some cons, too. The biggest on is that in some of them there is lack of English signs. At least we got better with our Swedish language skills…
Some consider Stockholm’s subway stations as an art gallery. Visiting them is practically free, since you need a travel card to get around the city anyway. So Stockholm’s subway stations can be added to this list of free museums.
Other than that we have to say that some of the other museums in Stockholm are free on Wednesdays between 5 and 8 p.m. My guess is that then there are big crowds, but it must be still worth it if you want to save some money. This special offer goes for the Vasa Museet and Nordic Museet, so you should definitely check it out. (Visit at least Vasa Museet, Nordic Museet didn’t impress us much from the inside.)
So, this was our journey through the free and cheap museum of Stockholm. Which one is your favorite museum in the city?
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