Stockholm – The Land of Museums !

I know Sweden for Alfred Nobel, the famous scientist. Alfred is known popularly for the Nobel prizes but very few know that he was the inventor of Dynamites. Legends have it, that Alfred did not want to be remembered by people as a creator of something so destructive hence he left enormous money in his will to be given as Nobel prizes to people who contribute to the mankind in a significant way. Nobel prizes are given for the  subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature and Peace.

He succeeded in what he planned ! I am yet to find a person who knows Alfred for anything other than Nobel prizes !

On my way to Stockholm, I was more curious to visit his museum than see Stockholm itself ! And reality was no different than my expectations. Luckily we visited it on a Tuesday when you get a free access to the museum between 5 to 8 pm. Its a small but informative museum with video recordings of many achievers and nobel prize winners. I tried my best to understand them but I guess I am too young for them now. You can see Alfred’s personal belongings and most importantly his will. You can take part in the quizzes or follow the free guided tour by one of their staffs for better understanding.

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No matter how much I enjoyed visiting Nobel museum it’s not the most visited one in Stockholm. Vasa Museet (or Vasa Museum) is the most widely visited museum of Scandinavia. Vasa was set to sail in 1628 and it sank on its maiden voyage within 1 km of its journey. The huge ship lay submerged in water for 333 years until it was again found in 1950. I have never seen a beautiful ship like Vasa more closely. It’s said that it was covered fully in gold. The three poles which can be seen from outside the museum, show the height of Vasa with its mast. To know more about Vasa please watch the film in the museum’s auditorium. Its available in almost all the European languages.

 

From a kid’s point of view there are more sightseeings in Sweden than any other country I have visited before. I absolutely loved the fairy tale inspired Junibacken which takes you on a magical journey in the story train. Tom tits experiments though quite far from the main city is worth a visit for all the children of my age and above.

 

When in Stockholm how can you not visit Gamla stan ? Easily accessible by metro and other transports, its a place to not miss. I have always heard from my parents that all the languages have their roots in Sanskrit and realised that the Swedish word Stan has been picked up from Sanskrit itself and it means ‘place’. Gamla Stan houses little souvenir shops from which we picked up things for my cousins. It’s a beautiful place to take a stroll on. We spent one entire day there shopping and indulging in Swedish delicacies.

 

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Some Fun Facts about Sweden which I gathered while touring in Stockholm, can’t wait to share them with you all :

~ Sweden earlier included Norway and Denmark and it is still connected to Denmark with a bridge.

~ The world famous Volvo company is Swedish. In my home country I have spotted many Volvo buses but never knew they came from Sweden.

~ In Sweden people drink tap water. It’s as good as mineral water. People carry empty bottles and fill them up in restaurants or road side cafes. So don’t pay a penny to keep yourself hydrated.

and the most inspiring one …

~ Swedish people use garbage as a source of energy. Infact they recycle it so much that they run out of trash and have to buy it from foreign countries **please borrow it from us 😉

I enjoyed my every breath in Sweden. And I am also having a great time writing it down here and living it all again ! Please visit Sweden and share your thoughts with me.

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40 Comments Add yours

  1. pennyglobetrove says:

    I love museums. I can literally not pass by a museum without peeping in. Drives my husband up the wall! But I just can’t help myself.

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    1. moimehr says:

      Same here. My parents say knowledge is money in childhood. Museums make me feel rich. Thanks for visiting us.

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  2. Karthik Rao says:

    Great guide to Sweden. Will share my experience whenever I go.

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  3. What a fab post! I’m heading to Stockholm next week and can’t wait to visit Vasa Museum and Gamla Stan 🙂

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    1. moimehr says:

      Vasa museum is the most visited Scandinavian museum. Please do visit. I can’t wait to get back there on my own one day.

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  4. I’m not much of a museum person, but these one’s I’d probably have a look at. Museums that are good for kids are good for me too. No wonder that ship sank if it was covered in gold! Looks really interesting.

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    1. moimehr says:

      Gold plated rather 🙂
      I loved Junibacken the most in my entire trip. You must visit. Thanks for stopping by !

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  5. Julie says:

    Thanks for posting this wonderful tour of the museum’s in Stockholm! i love museums and would really enjoy a visit here.

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  6. Stockholm must be great. The tips and facts were really fun to read! I had no idea they used garbage as a source of energy. Every country should do that!! 🙂

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    1. moimehr says:

      Even we didn’t know until we visited Stockholm. It reminds me of what my mother says – “there is something good in the worst”

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  7. I love visiting to museums . Also your pictures are so great that it want me to visit right away. I came to know that all European languages are derived from Sanskrit just 4 years before when our Bulgarian told us. Thanks for sharing such amazing information 🙂

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    1. moimehr says:

      Picture credit goes to my dad. I am glad you liked them. I am so happy other languages are derived from an Indian language. Makes me feel proud.

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  8. Interesting article. I was there a few years ago but missed the Nobel museum. Now I must go back…

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  9. We had a great time in Stockholm this year but missed the museum, will just have to go back for more

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  10. What a nice post! I love museums and this one I’ll definitely keep. Stockholm is such a nice city. thank you for sharing 🙂

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  11. So many museums but looks pretty awesome! Would love to visit Stockholm one day, it is high on my bucket list!

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  12. Ajay Arora says:

    Looks like a very interesting museum ! Great to know things about Alfred and a nice post covering details of each section inside.

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    1. moimehr says:

      We are glad you liked it. Thanks for visiting us !

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  13. Christine says:

    Stockholm looks like a really interesting place to visit. And, it sounds like the people there really know how to take care of their country and their environment. Thanks for the insight!

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  14. Sweden the great nation full of great people with a great museum. I have been hearing of Stockholm and how great it is but yet to hear of this museum until I read your write up. Thanks for educating me

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    1. moimehr says:

      Am glad you learnt something new. Keep visiting us !

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  15. I couldn’t believe how many museums Stockholm had for such a mid-sized city! Did you visit Skansen as well? I really liked the animal park there 🙂

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  16. Claire says:

    Love a good museum so Stockholm seems right up my street! Need to add it to my bucket list!

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  17. Oh man, I just love history and museums. I think my husband likes them even more because he has to look at and read everything! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Helene Choo says:

    Yay! I love Stockholm too, I went there a month ago! It’s really nice to see it from a more cultural perspective, because I didn’t visit any museums! Glad you had a good time:) And I didn’t know many of the random facts you shared:) Thanks!

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  19. WhodoIdo says:

    I’ve not been to Sweden but it’s on my list. Great that this museum was free entry from 5-8pm, as some can be a bit pricey. Loved reading your fun facts!

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  20. Ritika says:

    i am not a museum person but after reading your blog..i have definitely added this to my bucket list

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  21. I never realized Sweden had such interesting museums, I’d love to visit the one with the ship. I can’t believe the entire ship was once covered in gold. That is so insane!

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  22. Barry says:

    I must admit I love to spend a few hours in a museum, especially if the weathers too hot or rainy outside. Will have to do more exploring next time I’m in Stockholm.

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  23. Bee says:

    i’m so glad you enjoyed Sweden and thanks for sharing those facts! I had no idea Sweden included Denmark and Norway long ago. I def want to see that sunken ship, it’s def a story I want to know about. I also liked the Nobel story, had no idea that was its origins!

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  24. I will defo keep this in mind for when I go over to Sweden, I have friends from there that I am yet to visit. I had no idea that Alfred Nobel invented dynamite. You learn something new everyday 😀 – really good read

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  25. It’s definitely good to know they have so many museums – I assume it rains a lot in Sweden! I haven’t been to Stockholm yet but it’s on my city-breaks bucket list. It has to be pretty amazing in winter when they open their christmas market!! I enjoyed reading your funny facts about the country, did you know that In Europe we tend to drink tap water in majority of countries?

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  26. Shaily says:

    This is such a lovely post! I love museums.. So many fascinating things that give you an insight into a historical era. Stockholm seems like a place I would love to explore. Thanks for sharing the experience and the interesting fact about Alfred Nobel. This destination is added to my bucket list. 🙂

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  27. Visiting Sweden next year. Thanks for sharing this article. By the way, you look so young. How old are you if you don’t mind?:O

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    1. moimehr says:

      Hi ! I am 9 now, you can check about me in the ‘About’ section. I am juggling between school, studies and blogging. My mom helps me out in promoting the blog. Am thankful to her.

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  28. Ann says:

    I love museums, so much knowledge and explorations

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  29. Museums are a great way to learn about a place and I enjoy visiting them. That whole recycling trash thing that they have going on in Sweden is amazing. I think other countries need to take note! Sweden seems like a great place to visit and love that the water is pure enough to drink from the faucet.

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  30. Jem says:

    Lovely post, I love museums. I try to visit one wherever I go 🙂

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