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Arts & Museums
The Olle Olsson House is the former home of artist Olle Olsson, who lived here from the 1930s until his death in 1972. The house is not only an historical monument, but also a perfect place to visit to understand his art.
Located in Hagaparken, in the northern part of Stockholm, you will find Fjäril och Fågelshuset (the Butterfly and Bird House). This is an interesting place for people of all ages. Once inside, your first visit would be through a greenhouse garden with a beautiful collection of plants, trees, and fish. From there you can enter the exciting bird house. The constant stream of humans has not deterred the birds or forced them into the reclusion of their trees and shrubs. Rather, they are bold and loud, shrieking and flying about, or they walk around on the ground, sometimes forcing people to walk around them. Then there is the Butterfly Room; it is magical. Butterflies are everywhere, they land on your shoulders, your head and your eyelashes. They are lovely, that is until you reach the cocoon and larva display, where you realise they haven't always been that beautiful. On the other side of the gallery and café, is a Japanese garden filled with hummingbirds. The! best time to visit would be during the colder, darker months.
The Haga Park Museum is best appreciated on a sunny day, when you have the time to wander through this peaceful green space, enjoying the lovely Swedish summer. In this traditional English-style park, there are giant tents that resemble a lost circus; one of which houses the Haga Park Museum. Today there are 3 tents; one houses the actual museum, the other has a restaurant and the third provides for accommodation. Please check the website for exhibitions.
This famous museum is located near Logården. It has one of the oldest art collections in Stockholm. Its prized possession is a section devoted to the private sculpture collection of Gustav III. It has various sculptures and artifacts from the late eighteenth century and belonging to the Scandinavian region.
The Eugenia Home was founded in 1879 by Princess Eugenie, daughter of the Swedish-Norwegian King Oscar I. Built as a school for underprivileged and handicapped children, it is now a museum in Karolinska Sjukhuset. The exhibits are related to healthcare, pharmacy, dentistry and nursing. It also includes medical instruments from the Middle Ages.
The Natural History Museum has exciting exhibitions and models that describe the development of the earth, features of the human body, and the ever-fluctuating properties of the oceans. New exhibitions are frequent, and many displays are interactive. The museum is a good place for children to learn and explore. Cosmonova, the biggest IMAX theater in Sweden, which is also a planetarium, is located within the museum.
IMAX, the largest film format in the world, can be experienced at Cosmonova in the Museum of Natural History, located on the northern outskirts of central Stockholm. At Cosmonova you can fly a jet plane, cross vast oceans, or travel through the universe, without leaving your seat. Cosmonova also serves as Sweden's largest planetarium. This is a major tourist attraction so you might want to book tickets ahead of time. Films are generally in Swedish with English headphones available.
The Wine and Spirits Museum is an educational experience for both residents and visitors to the city. It covers the evolution of wine, and even shows the reconstructed interior of a Stockholm wine shop from the late 1800s. There is a large aquavit display that includes 55 different aquavit spices, and the interior of a potato distillery in Skåne. The library has a collection of over 7,000 drinking songs. You can call the answering machine to hear a new drinking song each week.
With a scale of 1:20 million, the Sweden Solar System is one of the largest models of the solar system in the world. It consists of the sun and planets spread out over Stockholm and its adjoining suburbs. While the Globe Arena forms the sun and the center of the galaxy, Mercury is located in the Stockholm City Museum, the Earth in Cosmonova Riksmuseet and so on. The large-sized model was designed by Nils Brenning and Gösta Gahm.
Galleri Enkehuset, which was established in 1988, is famous for organizing experimental exhibitions. The aim of the gallery is to show the artist's expressions in the best possible way. On certain occasions it displays art in places other than the gallery. The gallery's website has an excellent record of past exhibitions and upcoming events.
The Jewish Museum is devoted to the history of Jews in Sweden from 1775 (when the first Jew, Aaron Isaac settled here) to the present day. The museum's goal is to describe integration issues and to show different aspects of Jewish cultural life.
Contemporary art gallery Bonniers Konsthall takes up an area of 1890 square meters, of which almost half of the area is exhibition space. This is a non-profit venue, run by The Bonnier family, with the aims of promoting up-and-coming artists and giving established artists the opportunity to display their newest projects. The gallery also houses Café No 19, where they serve first rate lunches and provide free wireless internet.