The full title is the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities and just about sums up what you find in this museum which also has a nice cafe where there is sometimes related entertainment. The museum has a section on Greece and Rome which shows pretty much what you would expect, including a selection of Etruscan finds. Then there is one on Islamic art of various kinds. The collection from the Near East includes findings from a Swedish dig in Iran and treasures from Babylon. An Egyptian collection has mummified cats and lots of things from Egypt up until the Christian era and a portrait of a pharaoh that was given as a gift from Egypt when Sweden helped with the Asswan dam. There is also a Gold room which is only open on request but which has lots of treasures, including Etruscan jewellery.
When I visited this museum in the beginning of 2005 I hadn’t been there for more than ten years. One of the things I remembered most was all the terracotta figures from Cyprus (there are about 1000 in the museum). Unfortunately the Cyprus room was closed and will not be opened again until the beginning of next year (2006). The whole museum will close for reparation in April, and will also be closed to the beginning of 2006.
But there are other things to see in the museum. There are two rooms with items from ancient Egypt, in the big entrance hall are artefacts from Greek and Roman period exhibited and there is a small Near East and Islamic collection, mainly with items from Iran.
The temporary exhibition is now (until February) showing national treasures from Romania, including the Pietroasa treasure.
In the museum shop there are many beautiful things for sale, but it is not cheap. The café in the museum is called Bagdad Café.
Entrance is FREE.
The palace was designed by Nicodemus Tessin d.y. It is built in Italian Baroque style. The changing of the guards can be seen daily.
The palace has 608 rooms. Most of them are open to the public, as well as the Treasury, Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities, the Royal Chapel and a the Palace Shop.
This museum is situated close to the Royal Palace and displays Sweden's largest archaeological collections from the ancient and historical relics from the Mediterranean and middle eastern countries
The Medelhavsmuseet has a big collection of prehistoric cultures from around the Mediteranean Sea. The statues pictured were found on Cyprus in the 1930's.