Östasiatiska Museet - Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm
"Bergrummet" or in English translated the Skepsholmen Caverns is a relatively new exhibition room, which opened to the public in 2010 with the famous exhibition "The Terracotta Army". The Caverns are quite different to your usual exhibition as they are located in tunnels underneath the "Östasiatiska museet".
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Let's go back inside and discover another one of Stockholms museums: The Museum of Eastern Antiquities (Östasiatiska museet). This museum is wonderfully located at Skeppsholmen. You have some lovely views over the city from here; right in front, on the other side of the water is the Royal Palace. The island of Skeppsholmen not only houses the Östasiatiska museet but also the Modern Museum and the Arkitekturmuseet, all in walking distance. The museum is housed in a historical buidling dating back to 1699.
The museum is unique in the way that it has one of the foremost collections of Chinese art outside Asia.
The Östasiatiska museet is located at Tyghusplan, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm
Bus 65 to af Chapman, or Subway Kungsträdgården
Tue 11-20, Wed - Sun 11-17, Mon closed.
60:- SEK for adults, free entrance for all under 20 years of age.
I visited the the Östasiatiska museet on a real autumn day. I had high expectations of the museum and was therefor rather disappointed that is was much smaller then I expected. The part that I really loved was the collection of Buddhist and Indian sculptures. I just wished that there was more material like this to be seen in this museum. The museum houses several exhibitions about the Far East (China, Korea and Japan) but also India and South East Asia. They have several changing exhibitions. At the time of my visit it was about Japanese Tattoo Art.
The museum is not only a 'museum' but also a meeting place for those who are interested in Asia. The museum organises courses and workshop like Kalligrafi, Ikebana and Origami.
In the photos you can see some of the works you can see in the Östasiatiska museet / The Museum of Eastern Antiquities.
In 1920 a Swedish archaeologist, Johan Andersson, found painted ceramics in China. The ceramics dated from China’s agricultural stone age and these find made the basis for the museum, which was instituted in 1926.
Now the museum is housed in a long yellow building from the 17th century, on the small island Skeppsholmen. There are exhibitions with items from prehistoric China, Chinese porcelain (that room was closed for renovation when I was there), Japanese paintings and vases and Buddhist and Indian Sculpture. There are also temporary exhibitions.
It is not allowed to take photos inside.
Entrance is free.
The museum is open:
Tuesdays 11 - 20
Wed - Sun 11 - 17
This is a museum for those of us interested in the Far East. Art and culture from several Asian countries are exhibited permanently and there are also temporary exhibitions which can range from women's role in medieval Japan to how the Swedes were affected by the 2004 tsunami.