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Arts & Museums
Universeum, the biggest science center in Scandinavia features seven floors of fun! Go to the rain forest and see frogs, cockroaches and an anaconda swamp, or maybe have a look at the section with venomous snakes. There's an aquarium with sharks and rays. In the technology department you can find a crime lab, walk in space and try your weather reporting skills. This is just the tip of the iceberg, as you can easily put aside a whole day for exploring this place. If you find yourself hungry there is a cafe on the ground floor.
Opened in 2004, the Museum of World Culture is the latest addition to the city's cultural circuit. The beautiful museum even has the honor of receiving the Kasper Sahlin Price Award for architecture. The various temporary exhibitions tell the tale of the amazing cultures of the world. Perfect for children as well as adults, visitors have the opportunity to make a trip around the world all while in the confines of a beautiful space. Call ahead for more information.
The collections at the Göteborgs Konstmuseum consists mainly of Nordic art from the 15th to 20th Centuries, including paintings by Ivar Arsosenius and Krogh. There are also works by other European artists such as Manet, Monet and Van Gogh. If you are interested in Swedish history, then the painting of King Karl XII's funeral procession is highly recommended. The museum also holds a wonderful collection of historical and artistic sculptures.
Konsthallen was inaugurated in 1923 in connection with the Jubileumsutst ningen (Jubilee Exhibition) celebration of Gothenburg's 300-year anniversary. That year saw a lot of construction activity around the city, and Gotaplatsen was beginning to look as it does today. Konsthallen used to be run by the Gothenburg Art Museum, but is now an independent unit. Several exhibitions of contemporary and modern art are put on here each year. Admission is free.
Hasselblad Center is an exhibition hall situated in Gothenburg's Art Museum at Götaplatsen. Exhibitions by contemporary photographers are held six to eight times a year. Apart from these exhibitions, there is also a reference library and a photographic collection available for study and research, by appointment only. In conjunction with the exhibitions, there are lectures and seminars. For information on current exhibitions, please check the web site.
Göterborgs Remfabrik (strap factory) is a working museum where the building and machines look exactly the same as they did at the beginning of the last century when the factory closed down. Here you can find intact warping, twisting and braiding machines as well as power looms. Some of the machines were brought to the museum from old closed down trimming shops and strip mills, and a few of these machines are still in use today. The textile products are sold in the museum shop. In autumn, the museum is also open on select Saturdays; see website for more details.
The University of Gothenburg's School for Design and Crafts, commonly called HDK, has a beautiful building on campus devoted to lectures, performances and art shows. Students in the school also have classes here and use the space to highlight their work, but the general public will also enjoy the activities happening in this venue.
After visiting Röhsska Museet or the Design Museum, the famous place of design and handcrafts, you might feel inspired to invest in some Swedish design. Inside the museum is a shop where you will find the most famous Swedish and Scandinavian designers' works. The shop has both classic objects and the absolute latest in Swedish design. They also host various exhibitions and lectures to provide visitors with insight into art and design.
Kim Antensen is a pleasant gallery with many interesting exhibitions, located near Götaplatsen. The focus here is not only on paintings; graphic art, sculpture and glass are also shown year round. Various events are arranged both outside and in the gallery, for example art club meetings and larger art installations. During spring and autumn solo exhibitions are held; summertime offers collective exhibitions. Galleri Kim Antensen also has a special contemporary graphic art room.
The East India House has been in the city of Gothenburg since the middle of the 18th Century and was built for the East India Company. This historical building was used as a headquarter by the company and was at the center of various activities of the in the city. Since its takeover from the East India Company, the building has been converted into Gothenburgs Stadsmuseum, which tells tales about the cultural history of the region right from the Vikings era. Various artifacts belonging to the East India Company are preserved at the museum which forms the museum's permanent collection. Temporary contemporary art exhibits are regularly held inside the galleries of the museum and serves as a great platform for local artists.
The Skansen Krona fortress was built in 1641. The fortress' main purpose was to scare off the Danes, and it was also known as Juteskrämman (the Dane Scare). It was completed in 1695. Skansen Krona is built on a hill and therefore commands a grand view of the central parts of Gothenburg. The tower ornament is in the shape of a crown, hence the name (krona means crown). Today, the fort houses a military museum and is also used as a venue space for parties and weddings.
Stadsmuseet is housed in a building commissioned by the Swedish East India Company in the eighteenth century. This museum of cultural history has collections of items gathered from Gothenburg as well as the rest of the world, from a wide variety of eras. On the last Sunday in every month between January and May, the museum organizes special family displays at 12:15p and 2p. In the spring, many of the Vetenskapsfestivalen (International Science Festival) events take place here.