12 Free Museums in Stockholm

You’ve probably heard of the must-visit museum in Stockholm including The Vasa and Skansen. But did you know that Stockholm has a whole lot more to offer when it comes to museums – and if you plan it right, you can visit many of them for free!

And to make life easy – we’ve compiled a list of Stockholm’s free (and worth-seeing) museums into one place… and if you think we’ve left anything out, just leave a comment below with your top tips! Enjoy…

1. Moderna Museet – The Modern Art Museum

You can read more about Moderna Museet here and visit anytime to get free entry into the main exhibitions.

2. The Natural History Museum

In a new initiative The Natural History Museum (or Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet) in Stockholm now has free entry to all exhibitions – with only the optional 3D cinema Cosmonova now having an entry fee – making for a great family day out.

3. The Nobel Museum

The Nobel Museum does have an entry fee most of the time but if you head over on a Tuesday between 17:00-20:00, the entry fee is waived and you can enjoy this museum for free.

4. Medeltidsmuseet (Medieval Museum)

You can visit Stockholm’s Medieval Museum year round and it costs nothing!

5. Skansen on Christmas Eve

It may only be for one day per year, but if you head over to the famous Swedish Open-Air Museum on 24th December, you won’t be charged an entry fee.

6. Dansmuseet (Performing Arts Museum)

If Dance and Performing Arts are more your thing, head to Dansmuseet where you can enjoy the permanent exhibitions for free. With a continually changing programme, and the cost of specific classes and courses between at around 100 SEK, this might also be one for your to-do list.

7. Galleri Kontrast

While Fotografiska may be Stockholm’s better known photography museum, Galleri Kontrast is an independent museum that focuses on documentary photography. With around 15 annual photojournalism and documentary photography exhibitions and free entry, you can’t go wrong if you’re on a budget. And if you are a budding photographer… be sure to check out our Top Tips for Photographing Stockholm.

8. Drottningholm Royal Palace and Gardens

Ok, so entry into the palace itself does come with a price tag, but you can enjoy the Palace Grounds and Gardens at your leisure – it’s the King and Queen of Sweden’s official residence and the extensive grounds and architecture are definitely worth a visit.

9. Riksidrottsmuseet (Swedish Sports Museum)

The National Sports Museum Of Sweden is a great option for the whole family – it portrays Swedish sports through the ages – from ancient times right up to the present day. Perfect for the active family – with many hands-on activities, especially throughout the summer season.

10. Tekniska Museet

Another family friendly museum is Tekniska Museet (The Museum of Science and Technology) and on Wednesday evenings, you can get in for free between 17:00 – 20:00.

11. Kulturhuset

Located in central Stockholm on Sergels torg, Kulturhuset offers free entry to its galleries and libraries.

12. Stockholm Culture Festival

Ok, so *technically* this isn’t a museum, but if you happen to be in Stockholm during August – look out for the many events across the city happening during Kulturfestivalen (Culture Festival) – and the best part, nearly all of the performances and activities throughout the week are free!

Have we missed something? Do you know of any free museums in Stockholm that are worth visiting? Do let the community know by leaving a comment below!

(Photo Credit: Chas B)

31st January 2017

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  • Beuls

    Here are a few more museums that don’t charge an entry fee:

    1) Swedish History Museum
    2) National Museum
    3) National Maritime Museum
    4) Museum of Far Eastern Antiques
    5) Museum of Near Eastern Antiques
    6) The Royal Coin Cabinet

    Beulah :)

    • Thanks Beulah! Would you recommend any / all of them too? :)

  • Clementine Kulikowski

    the army museum is free

    • That’s good to know! Is it worth visiting? :)