12 Must-See Museums of Scandinavia

Discover the History of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland

By Google Arts & Culture

Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde

Of all the Scandinavian people, none have struck more fear than the Vikings. Their seabourne raids from Iceland to Istanbul are the stuff of legends. The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark, is dedicated to their longboats, and later Scandinavian seafarers.

National Museum of Denmark

The National Museum holds some of the oldest artefacts found in Denmark. Neolithic axes, iron age bog bodies, and Viking combs tell a story of a unique way of life. Upstairs, learn how the Danish monarchy struggled to control Scandinavia.

Bornholms Kunstmuseum, Gudhjem

The island of Bjornholm was once known for the restorative powers of its fresh-flowing spring waters. Today, its museum charts the painters of the Bornholm School, who worked on the island in the early 1900s and promoted modernism throughout Scandinavia.

Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

The art at the Statens Museum for Kunst derives from the centuries-old Danish crown collection. The museum continues to collect new works, so make sure you return again.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

This beautiful museum, founded in 1888 by Carl Jacobsen of Carlsberg beer, invites you to view one of Scandinavia's finest collections of French Impressionist paintings and ancient Mediterranean art.

National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo

Across three venues, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design holds, preserves, exhibits, and promotes public knowledge about, Norway's most extensive collections of art, architecture and design.

The International Museum of Children's Art, Oslo

The International Museum of Children's Art in Oslo, Norway is the world's first museum of art made by children. With works from 180 countries, it presents a constant source of inspiration to children of all ages.

Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum, Tromsø

The Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum

is dedicated to the art and culture of northern Norway and the Arctic. Over the years it has exhibited Norwegian and Russian arts & crafts, and Sámi contemporary art, as well as the work of Peder Balke, Marit Følstad, and Kjell Varvin.

Alvar Aalto Foundation, Helskini

Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto was a Finnish architect and designer of architecture, furniture, textiles and glassware, as well as sculptures and paintings. The Alvar Aalto Museum, designed by Aalto himself, is located in his home city of Jyväskylä.

Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

Nationalmuseum is Sweden's museum of art and design. The collections include paintings, sculpture, drawings and graphic art from the 16th century up to the beginning of the 20th century and the collection of applied art and design up to the present day.

The Hallwyl Museum, Stockholm

Once the home of Count and Countess Walther and Wilhelmina von Hallwyl, the museum is one of Stockholm's 'most eccentric and engaging'. This palatial residence was built as a winter home for the wealthy couple and completed in 1898.

Skokloster Castle, Lake Mälaren

One of the greatest Baroque palaces in Europe, Skokloster Castle was built built between 1654 and 1676, in Sweden's Golden Age, for Count Carl Gustaf Wrangel. Today it displays collections of paintings, furniture, textiles and tableware as well as arms & armour.

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