Friday, January 24, 2014
#4: a plethora of exceptional museums
this one may seem a little obvious to any of you who know me, but i've got to say it all the same: stockholm has more high quality museums per square kilometer than possibly any other city on the planet. rome is a probable exception, because the entire city is like a museum (as is venice), and of course paris has its share as well, but for organized collections housed under a roof i've got to give the number-per-square-kilometer distinction to stockholm. at last count there were 85 active museums in stockholm proper--that's an impressive count for any city--and the majority of them are unusually good. it's museumpalooza here...
my favorite: fotografiska, without a doubt. it is the largest all-photography museum in the world, it is open almost all the time, and it has a wicked good bar/cafe on site. the shows change regularly and are interesting and engaging. fotografiska introduced a side of helmut newton to me that actually made me want to look at his work, and for that i am appreciative (i'm still not a fan overall, though). i couldn't recommend it more highly...except if they were to give me a show, then i would broadcast their greatness of vision from the mountaintops until i was hoarse.
close seconds: naturhistoriska riksmuseet, moderna museet, almgren's silk museum (see my earlier post about it here), vasamuseet, and millesgården. all are excellent; all deserve at least one visit.
my #4 to-be-missed thing about stockholm is its bounty of good museums in a fairly small area.
Posted by lost in the triangle at 3:13 AM