Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Museum After Midnight)

Although it would be cool to play fetch with a T-Rex, I think I would be hard-pressed to find a museum open that late — I just felt like this post called for an ABBA-centric title.

Stockholm’s museum scene is unmatched by any other place I’ve been to. When I’ve found myself not knowing what to do or where to go, I make my way to one of the many museums with free admission or others that are worth the fee. Recently, it’s been quite cold and snowy, so an indoor museum is the ideal place to learn about Sweden, spend time with friends, and have some fun.


The National Museum, located near Kungsträdgården and DIS, was the perfect place to go after my morning field study last Wednesday (and the free admission didn’t hurt). A few years ago, the thought of going to an art museum wouldn’t have interested me very much, but after taking an art and architecture class during my freshman year, I definitely understand the appeal.

This picture doesn’t really do it justice.

The building itself was a work of art, and the exhibits included pieces that ranged from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Various countries and cultures were represented — Swedish, Dutch, French, Italian, Russian, and more. The Dutch and Italian paintings were some of my favorites.

A Dutch painting that particularly stood out to me. Somehow both vibrant and somber.

Being on the waterfront, the Nationalmuseum also had some great views of Stockholm. I probably seemed a bit silly staring out the window instead of looking at the exhibit, but it’s so stunning. I had a big wow, I’m actually in Europe moment.

Not a view of Stockholm per se but still a cool picture.
Kajsa (left) and me on the waterfront. Kajsa and I share a visiting host family, and she also happens to an awesome person!

ABBA The Museum

Some of my earliest memories are of my mom blasting Super Trouper and Dancing Queen around the house, so it was a given: I had to go to the ABBA museum at least once this semester. I wanted to go myself, but I really wanted to go for my mom, the biggest ABBA fan I know. Luckily for you, dear reader, that means I took way too many pictures.

Waiting in line

ABBA The Museum is located on the island of Djurgården, which was a short train and tram ride away from my apartment. Quick sidebar: I loved going on the tram — it had some of the coolest views of the city yet, and the route we took was free with our SL cards. The museum does cost money (and you have to book tickets in advance, at least during COVID times), but it’s definitely worth it.

Karaoke! It was more fun than it looks.

The museum is super interactive, with activities in every section. We did some ABBA karaoke next to the replica recording studio, tried to sound mix famous ABBA songs by ear (I was very good at it, I must say), took a trivia quiz, and danced with ABBA holograms, which was slightly creepy but very entertaining. We happened to be in that section with a Swedish woman and her teenaged daughter, who was too shy to go on stage. With some encouragement after watching us do it, she finally said yes and went up with two of my friends. It was a sweet moment.

Dancing with the ABBA holograms

That’s all for this post, but I’m looking forward to visiting more museums in the coming weeks!

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