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    The Factori Museet

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Welcome to the Faktori museum! In the next few tips I would to show you around in this nice little museum in Eskilstuna. The museum is worth the visit when you are in town, and the great part is that it is for free! So don't hesitate to drop in and have a look around for yourself.

    And isn't this a great start to enter a museum!? On the entrance door of the museum you will find this great and creative door handle. Hahaha, and as I love doorknockers and door handles, I had (of course) take a picture of it!

    The museum is located in the city centre on a little island in the river Eskilstunaån. It is open from Tuesday till Sunday, from 11 o'clock in the morning until 4 in the afternoon.

    Creative door handle, Faktori museum in Eskilstuna
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    Steam engines at the Faktori Museum

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The museum is divided into several parts, and one of them tells you all about the steam engine. It's quite logical to have this section in the museum as Eskilstuna has a rich industrial history.

    There are quite a few of these steam engines on display, and when you're lucky you can see them at work as well. They were not working on the few ocassions I was here, but I mostly visit off-season. I actually don't mind, I just find it is nice and quiet during those times :-)

    The steamengines are working every first Sunday of the month from 1 o'clock to 3 o'clock (except for months of December and January).

    Steam engines at the Faktori Museum Steam engines at the Faktori Museum Steam engines at the Faktori Museum Steam engines at the Faktori Museum The same place, but in the old days
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    Eskilstuna's past

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you walk up the stairs in the Faktori Museum, you will leave the steam engine and industrial part of the museum behind you and now will end up in an area devoted to Eskilstuna's past. One of the things you can read, see and learn all about is the presence of the vikings in this area. A great example of that are the many rune stones still to be found in and around Eskilstuna, of which the Sigurdsristningen is the most famous (see off the beaten path tips).

    There is also a whole section devoted to the order of St.John and Saint Eskil, who played an important role in the history of Eskilstuna. There are quite a few items on display which have been found at the former Johanniter (order of St.John) monastery.

    from the Johanniter monastery from the Johanniter monastery from the Johanniter monastery Rune stone from the viking era The vikings
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    Steam train from 1874

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are many ways that steam engines were used. Like for trains for example, like this steam train from 1874. This steam lock was manufactured in England and it has been in use until 1924. It was donated to the Eskilstuna museum in 1977 after restoration.

    Second picture: You can't only admire the steam lock from the outside, you can have a look inside as well. If you click on the picture you can will see the view from the window to the front of the steam lock. Hahaha, I thought it was rather a cool effect to take a picture through the little round window of the train :-)

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    Taking a peak through the window

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You can't only admire the steam lock from the outside, you can have a look inside as well. If you click on the picture you can will see the view from the window to the front of the steam lock. Hahaha, I thought it was rather a cool effect to take a picture through the little round window of the train :-)

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    Old industrial buildings

    by sim1 Updated Oct 10, 2005

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    Eskilstuna is an old industrial town and that shows clearly in the architecture of many buildings. In the city centre you can still see some of these industrial buildings. Most of them have gotten another use, but their past is still visible. Just pay some attention to the details and you might learn a lot about their past.

    This is the old factory of J.O. Öberg & Son, which started in 1845. They were the biggest and most famous producers of playing cards. They also produced office supplies.

    The architect was Emil Befwe. The building dates back to 1907.

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    Steam powered fire-engine

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    But there are not only 'boring' steam engines on display! How about this great fire truck! This steam powered fire-engine was manufactured in 1896 by Ludwigsbergs Verkstad in Stockholm and it was used in Eskilstuna until 1926.

    In the additional picture for this you can see another firetruck. And this is not just a fire truck, this is Sweden's first motor fire-engine! This electric car was purchased by Eskilstuna in 1902 from Justus Christian Braun in Nuremberg. Originally it went 12 miles on one charge at a top speed of approximately 20 kilometres an hour.

    Steam powered fire-engine from 1896 Sweden's first motor fire-engine Wheel of the steam powered fire-engine from 1896
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    "Smederna" on the main square

    by sim1 Updated Oct 13, 2005

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    On the other side of the main square, opposite from the City Hall, you can see this sculpture called "Smederna". It is one of my favourites in the city and it is made by Allan Eberling. The statue is made out of cast iron and was placed on this square in 1959. These two strong men represent the long history of Eskilstuna as a blacksmith town. And this is not the only place where you can see references to that. There are many more of these symbols all over town. And I'll you show you some of them later on in this page.

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    A great place for your camera :-)

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Faktori Museum is actually a great place to 'freak' around a little bit with your camera. It is not that often that you can get so close to those old industrial machines and be able to take pictures of them. The machines at the Faktori Museum are (often) not fenced off, so you can get as close to them as you like. Now lucky me had the task to do exactly that for my jobb! A great excuse to go back here another time and now look at all the machinery, but now with different eyes. I had the museum almost to myself, which was absolutely great. Enough time just to walk around and take my time taking some photos.

    Don't forget your flash, you'll need it! The light inside the museum is now perfect to take pictures and does need help with some flash.

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    About metal, forging and coffee habbits

    by sim1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    In this upper part of the museum you can see items that are typical for Eskilstuna. Eskilstuna has always been an industrial city and during its history has focused on a few areas. The main one has been metal and metal forging. And that shows in the products that come from this town. Weapons, instruments, nails, knives, but also cutlery.

    A fun detail in Eskilstuna and Sweden's history: did you know that coffee was forbidden to drink for a while in the 17th century? This was a heavy blow for the Swedes as they are true lovers of this drink. And they still are! Swedes are one of the countries that drink the most coffee per capita in the world.

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    Views over the Eskilstunaån

    by sim1 Updated Mar 29, 2006

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    It's time to get outside again for some fresh air. And what a better place to be than actually right here, outside the Faktori Museum. This is one of my favourite spots in Eskilstuna as the views over the Eskilstunaån are so beautiful on a quiet sunny day like this. You can see a tiny bit of the museum on the left side of the picture.

    I crossed the little green bridge on the right to get to the other side of the river and from here you have the best views. The weather in this part of Sweden is often very calm and a perfect 'reflection photo day' like this are quite common. So if you like industrial past in combination with reflections: this is your place to be!

    View over the Eskilstunaån
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    Stadshuset / City Hall

    by sim1 Updated Oct 12, 2005

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    The City Hall of Eskilstuna dates back to 1897 and is designed by Emil Befwe. The City Hall (or "stadshuset" in Swedish) dominates the main square in the city centre called "Fristadstorget". The building looks nice, but isn't that spectacular to see... In my opinion anyway ;-) The inside though was a surprise for me! It is normally not open for tourists, but I was here to attend some meetings and that gave me the unique opportunity to look around in some of the main halls in the City Hall. Many of the rooms are now transformed into conference rooms, but they did this in style! These conference rooms still have their old looks and breathe the atmosphere of times gone by. You can even see old pieces of furniture placed in strategic places to give the rooms a bit of historical authenticity.

    Stadshuset / City Hall
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    Kloster Church

    by sim1 Updated Oct 12, 2005

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    This is the main church in Eskilstuna and it is hard to miss seeing it when you visit this town. It is on the other side of the Eskilstunaån river from the downtown area. The church is surprisingly new, it was built from 1925 to 1929. I have to admit I always thought it was much older than that.
    They were able to build this church because of the foundation of Widow Jeanette Zetterberg from 1867. She was richest woman ever in Eskilstuna and donated a lot for charity, for example money for a new hospital.

    Her donation at 1867 of 50.000 riksdaler had grown to 600.000 kronor at the time of the building of the church. The church was designed by architect Otar Hökerberg and build from 1925 to 1929.

    The church is called Kloster church as in the same area was the Johanniter (order of St.John) monastery (=kloster in swedish) was situated. The order of the Johanniter had a great influence on the life in Eskilstuna from 12th to the end of the 16th century.

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    Inside the Kloster Church

    by sim1 Updated Oct 12, 2005

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    I really liked the inside of this church. As it is very 'new' I was afraid of what to see on the inside. But I was really pleasantly surprised. There weren't much decoration inside the church, but the architecture made it look wonderful. The high roof, the elegant lights and the use of the bricks make it look really great.

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    The altarpiece in the Kloster Church

    by sim1 Updated Oct 12, 2005

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    Because the church is so simple decorated the altarpiece draws all the attention as soon as you step into the church. This altarpiece "The Worship of the Shepherds" is made of Flemish master Martin de Vos, signed 1900 and donated to the church by Elise Åkerhielm.

    Altarpiece in the Kloster Church, Eskilstuna
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