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“Don't go unless you're bored” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Umedalen Skulptur

Umedalen Skulptur
Aktisgrand 34, Umea 903 64, Sweden (Formerly Skulptumpark Umedalen)
+46 90 14 49 90
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Ranked #4 of 7 Attractions in Umea
Type: Parks, Outdoors
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Trondheim, Norway
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73 reviews 73 reviews
18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Don't go unless you're bored”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was a huge disappointment. A few sculptures in a vast institution garden. Not worth the long bus trip

Visited June 2014
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Nijkerk, The Netherlands
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful art exhibition in a public place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

A bit hidden in Umedalen, near Umeå we discovered the sculpture exhibition on the grounds of a former psychiatric hospital. Scattered throughout the park you can find an interesting collection of modern sculptures, some in plain sight, some you have to seach for, such a collection of coats in the treetops or a horse on a chimney. If you want to see them all, make sure you have plenty of time. If you are into modern art, this is a must-see in the Umeå area, definitely worth a detour.

Visited August 2013
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Yorkshire
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8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Interesting sculptures but complete failure to explain the history of the place!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I visited in the summer of 2013, and quite enjoyed the sculptures, all set in a park landscape around a collection of red buildings, the look of which my husband described as something from a prisoner of war camp. And it is odd. What is most strange is that there is no plaque, no sign, no nothing to explain what this place was, a large, major psychiatric hospital that still strikes fear into many people. As someone with a relative who spent some time there it felt creepy, and profoundly disrespectful to all the ex patients who spent time there that there was no acknowledgement of the place and them at all. Umedalen was at one time one of the places that carried out vast numbers of lobotomies, including on some very young children. Do visit, but bear in mind what the place was. The walls around it are gone, but not the memories.

Visited July 2013
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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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“The oddes museum I ever seen”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

You must be really open-minded and a modern art lover to visit this museum. After I arrived in Umedalen it took me a while to realize that the museum is actually a residential neighborhood and you have to search for the masterpieces. At the end, it was fun..

Visited June 2013
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Linkoping, Sweden
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“Good to see, both for families with kids and 'Art-people'”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

It is a very nice place to walk around, but definitely during summer! And it is modern art. The walk takes around 1 hour if yo want to see all. Maybe it is not high top attraction but it is worth to see in Umeå and every second year they add sculptures from new artists. This year, they had new ones from a Spanish artist and they were the most interesting in the whole park. I recommend to have a rest there and maybe even lunch in the park. You can touch sculptures and feel them, so it is also a good place for children, they shouldn't get bored so quickly. But I recommend it most to those who are interested in art.
There is a restaurant in the park, but it is open only for lunch 12-14 and then from 16 I think, so it is good to keep in mind!

Visited July 2012
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