Next stop is the Medeltidsmuseum (The Museum of Medieval Stockholm). The museum isn't very hard to find: when you are in front of the Riksdagshuset )Parlement Building) cross the road and take the stairs down to the river the "Strömmen" (see previous tip).
The museum is about life in Stockholm during the middle ages. The museum isn't huge, but very nice to visit, and has some great displays. Around some 850 objects on display and these come from the whole of the town area. You only need an hour to wander around in the museum, but it will be worth your time. I really enjoyed it here!
Tip: next to the Medeltidsmuseum is a nice cafe, it is a marvellous place to sit during the summer, surrounded by the most famous houses in Stockholm. You can see the Palace, the Opera, the Grand Hotel, Kungstrådgården, The Hostel Ship 'af Chapman', The National Museum, and of course the river Strömmen from here. Take a beer, relax and enjoy!
Tip 2:The Museum has free WiFi! They will give you the password at the reception when you would like to use the WiFi.
Admission fee: 100 kr, which is valid for 12 month at the Museum of Medieval Stockholm and at Stockholm City Museum. Free admission for visitors 19 years old or younger.
Depending on the time of the year the museum is open as follows:
June-September: Monday-Thusday, Thursday-Sunday 12-17, Wednesday 12-19
January-May, October-December. Tuesday, Thurday-Sunday 12.00 - 17.00. Wednesday 12 - 19, Monday closed
Please note that during Xmas the museum is closed on some days! Ýou can find the information on their website.
There are so many lovely building's in Stockholm, a lot of them housing Museum's!
Well, the Museum of Medieval Stockholm was in another.
Step back into medieval Stockholm, with its brick houses, workshops, harbour and gallows. It relates the medieval history of the city from the 1250s to the 1520s. In 2010, to celebrate 800 years since the birth of Birger Jarl, the founder of Stockholm, the museum opened an exhibition with a reconstruction of his face.
There is a shop where you can buy jewellery, glass and pottery and other gift's.
Tuesday-Sunday 12.00 - 5pm....Wednesday 12 - 7pm...Monday closed
July-August: Monday 12.00 - 5pm English at 2pm
ADMISSION IN 2011.....70SEK
Free admission for visitors 19 and under
Audioguides are available in english, french and german.
The Museum of Medieval Stockholm in Kulturhuset
Due to the renovation of Norrbro (the North Bridge) the museum has moved from Helgeandsholmen to a location in Kulturhuset. While the work on the bridge is taking place we are building the new Museum of Medieval Stockholm which is expected to open in the early 2010.
The Museum of Medieval Stockholm opened in 1986. It describes the emergence and medieval development of the town and is built up round some of the permanent heritage monuments which came to light during the archaeological excavations on Helgeandsholmen (The Island of the Holy Spirit) between 1978 and 1980. The display area comprises 1,750 square metres and there are some 850 objects on display. The objects come from the whole of the town area
This museum was the first one I visited as a study trip from Swedish school in 2003. It describes the origin of Stockholm and its evolution during these ages. The museum shows artifacts and findings from excavations made in Helgeandsholmen between 1978 and 1980 and built around some ancient ruins, like the tunnel at the entrance.
Some of the things you'll see here are part of the city wall from 1530, Riddarholmsskeppet (the one in the pictures - if my memory doesn't fail me), Galgbacken - where thieves and other violent people were punished.
Free admittance. The museum is located originally under Norrebro but since there's restoration works being done on the bridge, they moved to a local at Kulturhuset.
Here are some more sculptures that you can see in the same room:
In the first picture you can see a statue of "Erik den Helige" (Eric IX of Sweden / Erik Jedvardsson) or in English also called Erik the Lawgiver or Eric the Saint. He was king of Sweden from 1150 to 1160 and still the patron saint of Stockholm, depicted in the city's coat of arms.. People seemed to have clearly different opinions about this King. The pope for instance used a pretext that Eric was a drunk who died as result of fight in a group of drunks. But in the area of Svealand people believed in a miracle after Erik's death, since a fountain sprang from the earth where the king's head fell after being chopped off.
In the second picture you can see a sculpture of Anna, Virgin Maria's mother, who was a popular saint during the late Middle Ages. Anna was often depicted sitting with Maria on her knee, who in her turn was holding the baby Jesus.
In the third picture you can see St.George and the Dragon. In the previous tips about the Storkyrkan I wrote a bit about the legend and its meaning to Stockholm of St.George and the Dragon.
In the museum you can see a whole variety of things. You can see old building techniques, see and read about the origin of Stockholm and its early development, Medieval houses (you can even walk into one to see its inside), the harbour and everything involving trade and fishing during that time, objects of daily life, crime and punishment, and the remains of a 22 meter long ship.
Just what it says - a museum on Stockholm's history, and with a special department on medieval life. It gives you insight into the hardships for many people, and what the city was like, but also has special exhibitions on weapons or culture. The city part of the museum also has exhibitions, which can be about the famous 60s suburb explosion, what people eat or drink in Stockholm and other trends.