The National Museum of Fine Arts of Sweden

The National Museum of Sweden

The National Museum of Sweden (Nationalmuseum ) is the largest museum of fine arts in Sweden.


General description

The museum building, located in Stockholm, houses approximately 16,000 paintings and sculptures, approximately 30,000 objects of artistic craftsmanship, and a graphic collection of world significance. The National Museum also includes collections at Gripsholm, Drottingsholm, Stromsholm, Rousenberg and Ulriksdal castles and the porcelain museum in Gustavsberg.


The history of the collection goes back to the 16th century. The Swedish King Gustav Vasa established his collection at Gripsholm Castle, which grew rapidly through new acquisitions, gifts and spoils of war. Queen Christina took many of the Italian paintings with her to Rome in 1654. In 1697, a fire at Tre Kroonur Castle destroyed a large part of the collection.

In the 1840s the Swedish envoy in Paris, Carl Gustav Tessin, acquired many French paintings for the royal collection. After the death of Gustav III in 1792 the royal collection was transferred to the National Museum. The modern museum building was built by the German architect August Stühler and opened in 1866. The pearl of the art collection is “Conspiracy of Julius Civilis” by Rembrandt (the museum also has several other works by the artist).

Selected works from the museum’s collection

    , Saint Sebastian, 174 x 88 cm. , Our Lady with the Child Christ at the Book , 83 × 56 cm , The Fee , 108 x 119 cm. , Old man’s head , 190 x 259 cm. , Holy Apostles Peter and Paul , 124 x 93 cm. , Bacchanalia on Andros (copy of Titian’s original) , 200 x 215 cm. , Bacchus and Erigona , 98 x 74 xm.
  • Sebastian Bourdon, Christina, Queen of Sweden , 72 x 58 cm. , Martyrdom of St. Bartholomew , 208 x 157 cm. , Conspiracy of Julius Civilis , 196 x 309 cm. , Shroud , 70 x 51.5 cm. Woman with folded hands , 98 x 70 cm. , Penance of St. Jerome , 156 x 106 cm. , Ecstasy of Saint Teresa , 46 x 38 cm. , The Magnanimity of Scipio , 61 x 44 cm. , Love Lesson , 44 x 61 cm. , Triumph of Venus , 130 x 62 cm. , Futile Resistance , 45 x 60.5 cm. , Rabbit and the Copper Pot , 68 x 57 cm. , Lady Ardley , 215 x 149 cm. , Allegory of the Constitution of 1812 , 294 x 244 cm. , Lady Under the Cloak , 65 x 54 cm. , Seine at Bois-le-Roi , 53 x 72 cm. , Heads of the Executed, 50 x 61 cm. , Civita Castellana , 36 x 51 cm. , The Good Bottle , 22 x 29 cm. , Jo, the beautiful Irishwoman , 54 x 65 cm. , Young man peeling a pear , 85 x 71 cm. , Three Russian Dancers , 62 x 67 cm. , Pontoise , 65 x 51 cm. , In the Circus. Equilibrist , 47 x 32 cm. , Froglet , 66 x 81 cm. , Still Life with a Plaster Cupid , 63 x 81 cm. , Landscape in Brittany , 72 x 91 cm. , Light through a Canopy of Branches , 33 x 24 cm. , Dance on Ivan’s Night , 140 x 98 cm. , Dalarna girls in a sauna , 86 x 53 cm , Nude sitter , 122 x 38 cm.
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National Museum of Sweden, Stockholm (Nationalmuseum) – review

In the Swedish capital about 80 museums – for all tastes and colors. Some of them are free to enter on certain days of the week or hours, but there are some that are free to enter at all times. One of these is the Swedish Nationalmuseum, located right in front of the royal residence, on the peninsula Blasiholmen. However, they are divided by the Baltic Sea, so you have to use the bridge Skeppsholmsbron.

Södra Blasieholmshamnen 2, 111 48 Stockholm, Sverige

The building was built in the 16th century in the Renaissance style and never completely renovated, only rebuilt. The building was last restored over a period of five years and only opened last year. Due to the latest restoration, part of the exhibits were moved to the art academy.

The museum is open all days except Mondays, from 11am to 7pm. We arrived in time for the opening, the line was already impressive. At the entrance, we were asked to leave our things in the storage room.

You can not walk through the halls of the museum, neither with backpacks, nor with bulky bags, the maximum – a small handbag. It is also forbidden to enter with animals, drinks and food. Photos are allowed.

You can take an audio guide, but we downloaded a special app in which you can find information about each object of interest.

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On the first floor, where we go as soon as we enter the building, there is a souvenir store (in the center) and an exhibit with porcelain sculptures (on the left hand side), each with a “Do Not Touch” sign on it. There is also a café on this floor.

On the ground floor there are lockers and toilets. There are no elevators, so you have to take the stairs to each of the floors.

Tour of the halls should begin on the third floor, where there are expositions from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The second floor is dedicated to the period from the 19th century to the present. Before visiting the museum, I didn’t know anything about it, I even didn’t ask what was waiting for us inside. I thought that the “stuffing” of the halls would be more than modest, and I would not have to wait for anything interesting. But it was just the opposite – we spent about 2 hours in the museum, it was so interesting. The museum has a huge amount of art collected from all over the world: Swedish, French, Italian, Dutch paintings, Russian ancient icons, Chinese porcelain, drawings by Rembrandt and engravings by Manet, interior items from different time periods. Even I, a person far from art, was interested.

A hall of Russian icon painting:

Design Depot Hall, where you can see a collection of china and glassware from different eras. There you can also watch a video of how glass is blown in the present day:

The most halls are on the 2nd and 3rd floors. All halls are divided not only by epoch, but also by style (e.g. baroque, rococo, classicism and others) and have their own wall coloring (red, yellow, blue walls of the halls).

Lighting is good, the halls and aisles between them are spacious, accommodating a large number of people.

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Museum workers do not interfere with the paintings, even if you get too close. There were no barriers in the form of ribbons (as there were in the Dresden Gallery). The temperature was comfortable to stay in, I was not hot in a jacket (although it was summer).

Most of the doors between the halls open automatically (touch screen), but there were very interesting doors that open if you press a special button on the wall.

On the second floor you can see interesting displays of 19th, 20th and 21st century (up to the present day): furniture, kitchen utensils. On one of the shelves I even found a Ukrainian coffee machine from the 1920s. Closer to the end of the tour, we visited the halls, where there are interior objects of Scandinavian countries (Swedish and Finnish). These halls are reminiscent of Ikea))


The museum has themed exhibitions, but for a fee. There are 700 thousand exhibits in the museum, so there is something to see. And the entrance is free – why not look between floors there are benches for a rest. In the cafe reasonable prices. In the souvenir shop you can buy not only magnets and toy “wiggins” but also Swedish sweets like salted licorice and much more.

I really liked the museum, although I’m far from a fan of art and painting. Two hours is enough to take your time walking around all the halls.

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