Visit Sweden has spotlighted some of Stockholm's top LGBT attractions. Here are some top picks for clients.
For LGBT families, a trip to Stockholm might include a ferry ride to the island Djurgården to visit the ABBA museum, Skansen, Junibacken, or Vasa Museum. Junibacken, the children’s museum pays homage to Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, whose books have been translated into 64 languages. The museum was opened by the Swedish royal family in 1996 and contains the largest children’s bookstore in Sweden, as well as a reconstruction of Pippi’s home, Villa Villekulla. For parents, Stieg Larsson’s heroine, Lisbeth Salander, is Larsson’s idea of Pippi as an adult.
Opened in May 2013, ABBA The Museum is interactive. The museum’s focus is on enabling viewers to think of themselves as the 5th member of ABBA through the use of holograms, sing-a-longs, time onstage and the creation of a personal musical recording.
Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in all of Scandinavia, with more than 30 million visitors since the museum opened. In 1628, the Swedish royal warship, Vasa, started on its’ maiden voyage – only to sink in the Stockholm harbor twenty minutes after setting sail. There, the ship rested on the seabed for more than 333 years.
Now open for more than 50 years, Vasa Museum’s new home was built in 1990 to house the only preserved 17th century ship in the world. With more than eleven permanent exhibitions, the museum shows 17th century maritime life. Recent renovations include new exhibition and entrance halls, as well as a new location for the museum store. For meal times, Vasa Restaurant has a menu of traditional Swedish dishes.
The world’s first open-air museum, Skansen, recreates the late 19th century agrarian culture of Sweden with a schedule of feasts, music, dancing, crafts and a zoo. For children, Skansen celebrates Yuletide with a month-long Swedish Christmas market, offering live music and dancing.