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Eight places to see in Stockholm

Museum in woodland that hugs the waterfront, a stunning collection of early Scandinavian 20th-century art, and one of Scandinavia’s top galleries to visit in the Swedish capital.

Words Nick Rice


A stunning collection of early Scandinavian 20th-century art.
Set in enchanting walled grounds at Blockhusudden in the royal park of Djurgården, Thielska Galleriet, housed in a wealthy art patron’s former residence, exhibits late nineteenth and early twentieth century artworks by famous artists of the period including Edvard Munch, August Strindberg and Anders Zorn. — Sjötullsbacken 8, 115 25.


Museum in woodland that hugs the waterfront.
This essential attraction combines Art, Activities and Archipelago to arrive at its name. Artipelag is stunning both inside and out. ’Our intention has been to create a high-level retreat at the international level – with cross-border art exhibitions, inspiring activities and good food’, they say. And they’ve succeeded. — Artipelagstigen 1, 134 40 Gustavsberg.


World class photographers and new talents.
Founded in 2010 by brothers Per and Jan Broman, this Museum of Photography is one of Stockholm’s most popular attractions. The shop has a tantalising selection of beautiful photographic books, posters and prints. The award-winning restaurant is also a must-visit. — Stadsgårdshamnen 22.


One of Scandinavia’s top galleries.
This revered gallery is credited with trailblazing a new generation of galleries in Scandinavia since it was founded in 1991. Andrehn-Schiptjenko has been seminal in the Nordic context, successfully launching the careers of Scandinavian artists such as Annika Larsson, Matts Leiderstam and Annika von Hausswolff and giving artists such as Uta Barth, Siobhán Hapaska, Nandi pha Mntambo and Xavier Veilhan their first European or Scandinavian solo exhibition. It is one of the largest gallery spaces and is pivotal for contemporary art in Stockholm. — Hudiksvallsgatan 8 2tr.


The range of artworks is as spectacular as the setting.
Set on a cliff high above the sea on the island of Lidingö, Millesgården is the realisation of a dream, built by sculptor Carl Milles and painter Olga Milles, his wife, in 1908. The museum comprises the home of the artists, an antique collection, a sprawling and charming sculpture garden and an art gallery with a museum shop and restaurant. Millesgården was first opened for the general public in the later years of the 1930s and it remains one of Sweden’s foremost tourist attractions. It is open all the year round and the driving force behind the museum, aided by exhibitions and activities of various kinds, is to sustain the visionary spirit of Carl and Olga Milles. — Herserudsvägen 32, Lidingö.

More to see

Galleri Belenius — A contemporary art gallery that exhibits established and emerging artists. Ulrikagatan 13.
Steinsland and Berliner A gallery promoting emerging artists and street art. Bondegatan 70.
Issues Gallery — Showing new works by artists with a local context. Skeppargatan 98.

Thielska Galleriet
Artipelag, Photography: Per Myrehed
Fotografiska, Photography: Erik G Svensson
Andrehn-Schiptjenko, Photography: Jean-Baptiste Béranger