Weird museums in Stockholm

For the best contemporary art and a feast of weird museums make sure you take in Stockholm on your travels. A city of considerable charm, Stockholm is where modern and historic streets collide. Decorated with cobbled walkways and lush green parks, the Swedish capital is famous for its glamorous night life and designer shops.

If you prefer something a little bit different on holiday then look no further than Stockholm’s museum trail. From the ABBA museum, to exploring abandoned ships at Vasamuseet or a spooky journey into the Theatre of Death, Stockholm is a city full of surprises…

Here’s our guide to the strange peculiarities and oddities in Stockholm.

The Museum of Spirits (Spritmuseum)

Picture Credit: David Magnusson
Picture Credit: David Magnusson

Learn how the government rationed alcohol in the 1950s and the reasons why you can only find three brands of vodka on store shelves: Absolut, Good ol’ Sailor, and Explorer. Soaked in alcohol and prohibition stories, rarely has an afternoon soaked in alcohol yielded so many hiccups.


The Theatre of Death (The Royal Armoury)

Theatre of Death Stockholm

This dark museum showcases Swedish royal funerals from the 16th century to the 20th century. Learn more about the ceremonies of northern European kings, and the adornments and processions of their respective funerals. Housed in the spectacular and beautiful cellar vaults of the Royal Palace in Stockholm, the Theatre of Death is the macabre highlight of the Royal Armoury.

Vasamuseet (The Vasa Museum)


Here you can learn more about the warship Vasa, which sank on her maiden voyage in Stockholm 1628 and was salvaged in 1961. The spectacular ship can be viewed from six levels, although please be warned that no one is allowed on board. Inside there is a fascinating exhibition explaining Sweden’s maritime history and an opportunity to learn more about Vasa’s history in greater detail.

ABBA Museum (Gimme, gimme, gimme)

Picture: By Frankie Fouganthin, via Wikimedia Commons
Picture: By Frankie Fouganthin, via Wikimedia Commons

You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life…that’s right there’s an ABBA museum in Stockholm! Here you can discover the story behind ABBA’s biggest singles, lyrics and outfits. Tapping into the success of the ‘Mamma Mia’ musical and film (starring Pierce Brosman and Meryl Streep), this is one of Sweden’s most popular attractions.

Where to stay in Stockholm

Stockholm Hostel

HostelsClub has a wealth of budget accommodation options in Stockholm for backpackers looking to save money on vacation. For under €25 a night you can stay in the city centre and be in walking distance of Stockholm’s weirdest museums.

We hope our tips will inspire you to visit Stockholm on vacation. If you have already been to the city, please share the knowledge and book with us!