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“Lots of history, and lots of gold.”

The Swedish History Museum
Ranked #15 of 303 things to do in Stockholm
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Swedish History Museum is one of Sweden's largest museums. Tens of thousands of people come here every year to explore one of the biggest Viking exhibitions in the world, to be amazed by gold and silver treasures in the Gold Room and to marvel at the museum's unique Medieval Art. Free admission Free entry for all visitors.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Stirling, United Kingdom
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“Lots of history, and lots of gold.”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

We wanted to find out about the vikings, and saw the poster advertising the viking exhibition, so found ourselves at the Swedish History Museum. We skipped the audio trail, and hadn't got our smartphones hooked up, but instead went back in time, and read the information provided on extra cards in English.

There are a number of different mini tasks that you can do to keep the interest going, and we set about finding all of the items in one leaflet.

We skipped some of the films showing in the gold exhibition, but watched quite a few. All interesting.

The cafe and toilets were up to the usual high standard, with good coffee and refills hitting the spot as we had a late lunch.

There was an interactive play area which we skipped. I think it was more for younger families. But my teenager thought there was plenty to keep her interested without having too much on any one thing. We enjoyed playing a game making mills, although I think there was some teenage cheating going on!

Visited July 2014
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Genval, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Brilliant museum”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

The Historiska Museum describes human activities in Sweden since prehistoric times. Considering how Scandinavia differs from mainland Europe, there's a lot to see and learn if you're interested in history, but don't bother getting the audio-guide, the most interesting interactive exhibits are only done in Swedish. I was very interested in the section dealing with the racial biology as it was then called. The exhibition dealing with human identity is also very well done. Without surprise, the Guldrummet is a fantastic sight, and at 10.00€ the fee, this makes the Historiska the cheapest of all Stockholm museums I visited.

Visited July 2014
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Stockholm, Sverige
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“Worth finding in the city jungle!”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

The Viking exhibition is so good, it's easy to access for all ages. In summer time there is also a super fun play area in the yard.

Visited June 2014
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The Bay Area
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
“Excellent museum”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

This world class museum is located on Narvavaegen St between Karplaplatz (where you can get from the Center by Subway) and Djursgarden (where many of the main museums are). If you want to see some of the best Viking artifacts, treasures and information in the world, this is the place to visit. The objects are presented with taste, the descriptions are informative (and in Swedish+English) and it is clear that the museum cares about scholarship as much as it does about presenting ancient objects. You can see stone axes from 2000-5000 BC, Bronze age artifacts, rune stones and an incredible collection of baroque altars, situated within church-like halls. Highly recommended.

Visited June 2014
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Marysville, Ohio
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“Great Lunch and Great History”
Reviewed June 21, 2014

We heard they serve great lunches at a great price at the Swedish History Museum and you can learn about the history of Sweden too. We visited with our kids (15, 14, & 11) and everyone loved the lunch---plenty of food and reasonably priced. The daily specials go very quickly. The museum was good. Some museum sections were better than others. It did not have a lot of interactive exhibits for kids, so may not recommend for little ones. We were on our way to Gotland and the museums special exhibit was on the Battle of Visby.

Visited June 2014
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