Swedish History Museum

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The museum in June 2006

The Swedish History Museum (known in Swedish as Historiska museet or, more formally, Statens historiska museum) is a museum located in Stockholm, Sweden that covers Swedish archaeology and cultural history from the Mesolithic onwards. It is one of the largest museums in Sweden and holds more than 10 million artefacts.[1]

Notable collections[edit]

The museum is known for its so called "Gold Room" (Guldrummet) by the architect Leif Blomberg, where a large number of gold and silver objects are on display.

The museum is also the place to see objects related to Vikings, including the Mästermyr chest. Its collections hold the archaeological finds from the Viking-Age trading centre, Birka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Björkö.

The museum's collection of Swedish ecclesiastical art is extensive, and its origins span from the 12th century to the post-Reformation period.


The main museum building, the design of architects Bengt Romare and George Scherman 1935–1940, reflects an ambivalence between the predominant modern style of the era and the historical context given not only by the context requirements, but also the 19th century barracks and stables south of the museum designed by Fredrik Blom and built 1805–1817. The latter are neoclassicist in style and the repetitive façades used to be exposed to the Stockholm Harbour, while the former forms a compact block taking a step backwards from the street to leave space for a forecourt.[2] The portico and sculptures on the main façade were designed by the sculptor Bror Marklund in 1938.

In 2004 there was an international controversy regarding the installation Snow White and The Madness of Truth.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.historiska.se/home/visit/About-The-Swedish-History-Museum/
  2. ^ Johan Mårtelius (1999). "Norra innerstaden". Guide till Stockholms arkitektur (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Arkitektur Förlag AB. p. 54. ISBN 91-86050-41-9. 

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Coordinates: 59°20′05″N 18°05′25″E / 59.33472°N 18.09028°E / 59.33472; 18.09028