The Nordic Museum is located in central Stockholm, on Djurgården Island. The museum focuses on the early cultural history of Sweden from the Early Modern Age (from 1520) to the contemporary period or our present day.
In the year of 1873, the museum opened under the name of Scandinavian Ethnographic Collection. It was from 1880 that it began to be known by its current name.
The museum was initiated by a Swede, named Artur Hazelius (who lived from 1833 to 1901).
The museum is designed to resemble a majestic Renaissance castle. There are four flours in the museum. The entrance of the museum presents all visitors with a grand statue of King Gustav Vasa. The statue is made of oak and was made in 1924. There is also an entrance for wheelchairs, pushchairs and prams.
The main collections are divided into:
•Swedish homes, interiors
•Table settings, traditions
•Fashion gallery (displays various eras of clothing styles, including luxury clothing)
•The Sami people (all about the Sami people, their culture and influence on Sweden, as well as the interaction of Sweden overall with the Sami. The national day of the Sami people is the 6 February. The UN has declared that the Sami language as a whole with its nine dialects is noted as being endangered.)
•Library and Reference room
The museum has an assortment of collected toys, clothes, furniture and other objects. The museum archives contain special old dated documents, letters, diaries and other paper written records. The images that are in the museum are counted at being about 7 million photographs. Not all items of the museum are on full show, about a quarter of items are displayed in the exhibitions. However the public has the chance to access all items through the museum officials or managers.
There are a variety of displays. Table settings are part of the significant show pieces, as they were significantly important in social upper life during the mid 17the century.
Quaint doll houses resemble homes from the 17th century to present day décor.
There are a 1000 pieces of valuable jewellery at various display sites. The pieces include necklaces, brooches, pendants, earrings and bracelets. There are displays of jewellery associated with magic, to protect against illness, forces of evil and bad luck. There are even pieces linked to mourning and fidelity.
In bygone days in Sweden, the churches lent crowns to brides. The bride would wear it on her marriage day as a sign of her innocence. Such a crown can be found in the Nordik Museum.
The museum offers a restaurant that serves bakery products made in the part of the museum’s own bakery.
The museum is open 7 days a week, and is open until 8pm on Wednesdays (except from June to August). Admissions are free on Wednesdays when the museum has extended open hours from 5pm to 8pm, only from September to May.
For more information, please view: http://www.nordiskamuseet.se