The whole reason for me and my partner returning to Stockholm for a third time was because The ABBA Museum had opened during the summer. We booked our tickets online in the UK and were given a reference number in order to pick them up at the museum.
As we had lots of time to kill before our slot we decided to walk to Djurgarden from the city centre and this allowed us to see various sights en-route. We arrived at the museum quite a while before our allotted time so took a chance to see if we could get in earlier, as it seemed quite quiet. The young lady at the kiosk said it wasn't a problem and we were swiftly led through the gate.
I thought I would be walking around the museum in my coat and carrying a heavy bag, so it was great to see that there were free lockers and secure coat hangers, which we took advantage of. Once downstairs in the basement where the tour of the museum begins, you are initially led into a dark room and shown a video (with very loud music) of pictures of the band at various stages in their career. We enjoyed it so much we watched it twice!
Next stop is the start of the exhibits. Make sure you still have your entrance ticket as this will be required in order for you to be able to participate in the interactive elements of the tour More later). Exhibits pretty much go in chronological order and include reference to ABBA's solo days before they formed; the early ABBA years; the Eurovision win way back in 1974; mock-ups of the recording studio and the band manager, Stig Andersson's, office, as well as lots of costumes and memorabilia. The Gold Room, where there are many gold discs, is amazing and certainly gives you an idea of just how successful the band was, and still is today.
The interactive elements are great fun and your ticket allows you to try to mix ABBA songs like the sound engineer did; record with them in a booth (a bit like karaoke); become the band's 5th member (more karaoke but this time up on stage with 3D images of the band); have costumes superimposed on you, and participate in various ABBA quizzes. All-in-all great fun, and when you return home you can download details and save as a memento - just make sure this is done within 30 days of your visit.
At the end of the tour you head back into the entrance, where there is also a souvenir shop. Prices for some things are quite expensive, but there are cheaper options available if you buy the ABBA World merchandise - leftovers from when there was an exhibition of ABBA memorabilia a few years ago (I vaguely remember it being in London at one stage). Notwithstanding the cost, as both my partner and I are avid ABBA fans we still bought quite a few things.
Overall, while admission is quite expensive, as we spent around 3 hours in the museum we felt it was good value for money, and I thought it was the best museum I have visited in a very long time.
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