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Arts & Museums
Gothenburg has always been a seafaring city, and what the sea has meant for the city is something you can learn about at Sjöfartsmuseet. Here you will find models of ships from the 17th century until the present day, an exhibition of figureheads (many of them from shipwrecked ships), and maps and models of the harbor. Next to the museum stands a tower with a statue of the waiting wife of a sailor. From there, you have a great view of the harbor entrance. To get here, take trams 3, 4 or 9 to Stigbergstorget.
If you haven't ever set your eyes on the Swedish Contemporary art, then head straight to this art gallery Roda Sten that consistently exhibits several paintings created by local and international artists. Several art exhibitions like the Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2009, A Space on the side of the road and such others are hosted here. These exhibitions offer platform for the artists to showcase their work to the world and gain recognition. This gallery has a lounge area, where you can relax and discuss your work, apart from a restaurant, where you can eat and munch on something. For further details, please check the website.
Radiomuseet (The Radio Museum) was founded by some radio amateurs from the Radio History Society in West Sweden. Here you will learn all about the history of radio, from Volta's work back in the 19th Century to radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi's radio telegraph system. This museum showcases the development of many different types of radio including; amateur radio, CB radio, military radio, marine and coastal radio, land mobile radio, mobile phones and television. You can also find a reference library and a museum shop on-site. This museum will cover all areas if you have a radio-history fetish.
Naturhistoriska museet in Slottsskogen is a classic museum with lots of stuffed animals of all kinds, skeletons and natural panoramas. The most interesting feature is the stuffed blue whale, which even contained a cafe at one time! There are jars with scary preserved animals and their internal organs. But visit the butterfly section instead, that will make you feel better. To get here, take trams 1 or 2 to Linnéplatsen.
The Galleri Magnus Winström is a fabulous art gallery that hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery hosts contemporary art exhibitions, featuring work by renown artists the likes of Andy Warhol, alongside those produced by relatively unknown, up-coming artists. Artwork displayed at the gallery covers a range on media, including furniture, paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs. The gallery is a popular haunt amongst art enthusiasts and collectors, and has featured work by contemporary artists including Kent Karlsson, Anna Ekenstiern, John Brander, Jonathan Josefsson and Ida Lovisa Rudolph.
Reminiscent of the glory of the 1700s, this gallery exhibit, at the Göteborg City Museum, is home to a host of relics from the 18th century. Explore the rich culture of the working classes of the 1700s as the realistic artifacts take you on a journey into the past. Peek into an old kitchen or glance around a shoemakers store as you discover the 18th century mode of living at the Hem i Haga. Group tours are available. Call for more details.
Galleri 54 is a non-commercial art center that has been around since 1957. The gallery is run by the artistes of Group 54, founded in 1954, with the aim of presenting interesting contemporary art from Sweden and abroad, not previously shown to the Gothenburg audience. The gallery is situated in a flat, in central Gothenburg, over three rooms. There is also a special project room, and a lounge with art magazines and a small video collection.
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.
Open since 1987, the Konstepidemin is an independent artists' organization. On its premises there are many studios and exhibition spaces where you can see contemporary art in all shapes and forms. Housed in the former Epidemic Hospital, the building has taken on a complete transformation and is now a warm and inviting place of discovery for the public.
Maritima is the considered to be one of the largest ship museums, but it is not as overwhelming as you might expect. It is, nonetheless, very interesting, and the most lively museum in Gothenburg. The museum holds 14 boats, among them a destroyer, a submarine, a towboat, and a lighthouse ship. You can board them all; the submarine is particularly exciting with its narrow passages and small cabins. Check the website to know more.
The Fladen was once one of the 37 lightships that served as beacons of safety between 1831 and 1972. Lightships like the Fladen were used help ships navigate safely around shallow water and land masses, and were stationed at places where lighthouses could not be built. The Fladen was built in 1915, and continued to be used until 1969 when it was rendered redundant by the construction of a lighthouse. Nevertheless, the lightship continues on as a testament to the human ingenuity and perseverance that led to its construction. The lightship has been restored to its 1950s appearance, and is open to visitors throughout the year. The Fladen is a part of the Maritiman maritime museum, and is one of their most popular attractions. Inside, visitors can explore the ship and experience what it must have been like to be stationed aboard this marvellous vessel. Interactive exhibits, photographs and films chronicling the glorious history of the Fladen have been set up within the lightship.
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.