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Arts & Museums
At the Toy Museum, you will find thousands of toys. Delve into Swedish lore, with works of Carl Larsson and Elsa Beskow. Among the dolls, the oldest little lady is from the end of the 1800s, and there is an antique model railway winding through the rooms. There is also a magician's performance. The Museum of Mechanical Music is also located here.
The Public Transport Museum of Stockholm is a must-visit while in the city. Everything from subway trains to old trolleys is on display, and the guided tour is a fun ride on a mini-train through the different models of the railways. Also potter around the library for some good reads or relax at the cafe. Get ready to ride away on this informative fun tour.
This museum educates people about Stockholm's cultural history. It supports archaeological research, restoration, protection and care of ancient art and monuments.
Sidenväveri Museum (The Silk Weaving Museum) is a family-owned silk mill dating back to 1833. It makes for an interesting museum because it is still occasionally used for its original purpose of silk weaving. The weaving process is on a small-scale and some of the original machines are still in use. The museum also houses a cafe and a small shop where you can buy fine examples of silk, freshly spun in the factory.
A visit to the Stockholm Museum will help you comprehend the evolution, attitudes, and ideologies of its inhabitants over a period of time. Here you can view various models of the city since the seventeenth century and copies of some of the city's most famous buildings that were destroyed by fire. Stockholm's history is narrated through a wide variety of art, artifacts and informative models. If you wish to conduct an in-depth study on Stockholm, this is just the place for you. Entry is free for everyone.
Galleri Kontrast has established itself as one of the premier documentary photo galleries in the country. Originally the building was built for a bank with high ceilings and impressive spaces, making it an ideal showcase. This gallery is run by the Photographer's Club of Stockholm, and shows award-winning journalistic photos as well as the stories behind them.
Blås & Knåda is a boutique and gallery, and the right place to go if you are interested to see the best and latest in Swedish glass and ceramic crafts. The walls are lined with a fantastic display of mugs, bowls, pots, pitchers and other mysterious forms. The gallery has about 45 contributing members, so there is always an assortment of ideas, styles and forms.
At Grafiska Sällskapet, you will come across the latest trends in Swedish lithographic art. Apart from regular exhibitions, the gallery has an impressive collection of nearly 7,000 prints for sale. To get the latest information on showings and exhibitions, phone the gallery.
Södra Galleriet regularly exhibits Swedish, international contemporary art, paintings and sculpture. It presents works of artists from different generations with different forms of expression, which creates a more dynamic atmosphere. There is also a special selection of graphic art.
Christina Knall Galleri is located in Södermalm's fashionable main gallery district. Knall, who graduated from the College of Art, Craft and Design in 1971, has been selling her art in her Stockholm gallery. Knall is a prolific painter who uses light and minimal colours in her paintings with her main focus on oil on canvas, water color and graphic art.
In 1992, Galleri Metallum won the Golden Chair award for best interior design and it's imaginative use of lighting. The award was given by the Swedish National Interior Design Association. The real attractions in this gallery are the pieces on display—creative and occasionally improbable jewellery sits next to modern, hollow sculptures. The designers use interesting combinations of precious and non-precious metals, glass, diamonds and semi-precious stones in bold forms.
At the Marionette Museum you will find a huge collection of puppets from all over the world especially Asian countries like Burma, India, Indonesia and Japan. Exhibitions are frequently held and even workshops are conducted for those who would like to be part of the magical world of puppetry. This museum will delight the young and old alike!