Swedish Museum of Architecture


Stockholm 111 49

Telephone Number: +46 08-58727000

Website: www.arkitekturmuseet.se

Nearest Subway Stop:  Kungsträdgården metro station (2427 feet)  

Hours of Operation

Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


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The Swedish Museum of Architecture is centrally located on Skeppsholmen in an award-winning building by Rafael Moneo constructed in 1998, and shares entrance with Moderna Museet as part of Moneo’s design for the museum complex. The main objective for The Swedish Museum of Architecture is to illustrate and offer an active platform for architecture, design and sustainable urban development, as well as to care for, list, scientifically process and enhance, through new acquisitions, the collections entrusted to it. The focus on design and sustainable planning were recently emphasized in the extended government directives of 2009.

The museum library and archives are vital parts of the mission to present and access the legacy of Swedish architecture. In addition to its permanent architecture exhibition, the museum initiates and produces exhibitions, as well as maintains an accessible and continuous agenda of guided tours, debates, lectures, information, and a variety of activities on contemporary issues in architecture, design and planning.

The Swedish Museum of Architecture was established as an independent foundation, initiated by the National Association of Swedish Architects in 1962, and was in 1978 reconstituted as a national authority.

The Swedish Museum of Architecture in round figures:

  • Number of visitors 2009: 76 000 people.
  • Surface area of museum total: ca 5 000 square meters.
  • Number of staff: ca 30 people.
  • Meters of collections in depository: ca 6 000 meters.
  • Number of volumes in the museum library: ca 25 000.

Architecture in Sweden - Function, Design and Aesthetic through the Ages

The Swedish Museum of Architecture's permanent exhibition, where Swedish architecture is debated and discussed.

Architecture in Sweden contains many different elements and will be regularly altered by means of additions and supplementary exhibitions. You will find a historical expose, from the very earliest building down to the present, on ten work tables.

A welcome for everyone

Architecture in Sweden has something for everyone. Pause, read, look and touch! The texts are on various levels and both in Swedish and English. At several points there are multimedia stations for those wishing to delve deeper. The Audioguide is recommended for a personalised tour of the exhibition. The Museum Workshop has been directly integrated with the exhibition and offers experiments for all comers.

The chronological work-tables have models, pictures and texts describing a thousand years of building, with special emphasis on the past hundred years. Here you can read about influences, urban planning ideas and the evolution of the architect's profession. Each table has a box of materials and accessories for further study.

Running the length of one side of the room is a picture wall describing the various periods in the history of Swedish architecture and putting that history in general perspective.

The shelf features full-scale sections, material specimens and furniture from our collection. "The world outside Sweden", containing buildings from three continents, can be seen here.

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