Address: Borshuset, Stortorget | Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden (Södermalm)
Phone: 46 (0)8 534 818 00
Hours: Daily 10AM – 8PM summer hours, consult website for winter hours and holidays
Admission: Adults 100 SEK (Approx $15 as of the time of this publication), Children up to 18 free, students and seniors 70 SEK.
This ultra modern and stylish museum is family friendly and sure to catch the eye as well as enrich the mind and the spirit. It is dedicated to the man who created the prize, Alfred Nobel, as well as its numerous laureates. Here you will find exhibits that explore the men and women and their lives, their influences as well as their possessions. Beyond that you will find a showcase of ideas, prompts for discussion and exhibits aimed at sparking new ideas in everything from culture to the sciences. Nobel winners have changed the face of the world forever. This museum tries to capture that energy and relay some of it to its visitors; so that they may go forth and make their own mark. Activities for children and short, guided tours are available. This is one you will be talking about for the rest of the day.
Address: Stortorget 2, 103 16 Stockholm, Sweden (departs from and ends at)
Phone: +46 8 410 773 30
Hours: May to September on Wednesday & Friday at 11AM. MUST pre-book and some dates may be excluded.
Admission: Adults 200 SEK, children 100 SEK (Approx $30 and $15 as of the time of this publication) Children are considered 6-18, student rate of 150 SEK also available.
An amazing experience conveniently waits just outside of the Nobel Museum. This amazing and unique tour gives you insight into Swedish culture and history with a healthy dose of viking flair. See the historic Old Town of Stockholm with its cobblestone streets and distinct architecture; widely considered to be the most beautiful in the city. At the same time, learn about pillaging and plundering in a mix of fact and fun sure to engage the entire family. This tour is a great way to get an overview with time still left in the day for exploring. Take some great photos, see some sights such as the Royal Palace, Swedish Parliament and Lake Mälaren. This walking tour provides viking helmets for extra fun and an element kids will be sure to remember. It leaves rain or shine so dress comfortably and appropriately. Again note that this tour MUST be booked in advance and can be done easily online but for less than 24 hour notice may be better to call.
The Scandinavians have long been known as a seafaring people. Honor this heritage and look inside their history with a visit to the Vasa Ship Museum. The Vasa was a warship commissioned by King Gustav II Adolf and has been rebuilt inside this museum using 95% original materials. It is a remarkable sight to behold. This museum gives historical context for the ship as well as information regarding its construction, use, the people who occupied it and even the intricate sculptures adorning the ship and their meanings. It is a place of history, of engineering and above all a favorite of families. Guided tours are included in the price of admission, and available in English every half hour starting at 9:30 AM during summer months. If you wish to put in more time here they also offer activities for both young and older children.
The island known as Kungliga Djurgården in Swedish roughly translates to “The Royal Game Park.” It is a favorite recreation site for locals and destination for tourists. It has some of the city’s most beautiful parks as well as a host of Museums. The Vasa Museum is here but take some time to wander the island after it. Take in the sights at Rosendal Palace and it’s accompanying Rosendal Trädgård which is a public garden noted for its immaculate roses. A visit to Stockholm wouldn’t be complete especially in the spring and summer months without a stroll through at least on of the island’s many parks and gardens. Outdoor cafes make a perfect spot for a quick bite. If you are so inclined take in a specialty museum covering a range of interests from ABBA to the Biological Museum; which displays stuffed animals in artificially recreated habitats.
Address: Djurgarden 49-51, Stockholm 115 93, Sweden
Phone: +46 (0)8 4428000
Hours: Always opens at 10AM. Closing time varies by time of year, as early as 3 PM or as late as 10 PM with later hours during peak season. Consult website for specifics.
Admission: Varies based on time of year. Adults go as high as 160 SEK during peak season (Approx $24 as of the date of this publication) children are always 60 SEK (Approx $9 as of the date of this publication)
Founded in 1891, Skansen is the world’s oldest open-air museum and a true slice of life. It spans over 5 centuries of Swedish history spread out over 75 acres. It features a zoo with local wildlife and historical buildings populated by staff in traditional dress. It is the first of its kind and the actors are both well informed of the facts and well versed in creating a fun environment for learning. See the advantage of a living museum and openly interact with the “exhibits” as well as the animals. A sure favorite for children of all ages this is a stop not to be missed.
Address: Stromkajen, Stockholm, Sweden
Hours: During the peak season they leave every hour, on the hour starting at 10 AM and running until as late as 7 PM. Consult website for current schedule and availability.
Admission: 225 SEK (Approx $34 as of the date of this publication) half price for children 6-18, free for 0-5.
For a city that consists of 14 islands, no visit would be complete without a view from the water. This nearly 2 hour cruise is the perfect, relaxing end to a long day of walking and sightseeing. Passing under 15 bridges and through 2 locks provides a rand overview of this beautiful gem of a city. Having already spent time in Old Town and Djurgården, now get a better view of Södermalm, Lilla and Stora Essingen, the newer area known as Hammarby Sjöstad. Taking this cruise as the sun wanes will give you a new appreciation for the turquoise blue waters and painted terra cotta of the city buildings. Stockholm from the water will take your breath away as you laze along the canals to a guided tour.