Moderna Museet is the building that attracts most visitors to the beautiful island of Skeppsholmen, which is not surprising considering that Moderna Museet has one of the world's leading collections of art from around 1900 to the present day.
The museum building, designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo and opened in 1998, is a work of modern art in itself. To obtain the desired rooms and spaces, explosives were used to dig down into the rock and locate parts of the museum and its workshops underground. This means that only a small part of the building is visible.
The exterior of the building is terracotta in colour, with a pyramid shaped roof crowned with lanterns that let light into the exhibition halls. The care taken over the design of the building extends to the choice of finishes. Light Nordic materials such as oak, birch and Gotland limestone have been used throughout.
Moderna Museet's collection comprises around 5,000 paintings, sculptures and installations, approximately 25,000 watercolours, drawings and prints and about 100,000 photographs. Once you've had your fill of art, a visit to the restaurant is highly recommended. The view from the panoramic windows is fantastic – possibly one of the best in Stockholm. Moderna Museet also has a well-stocked museum shop that carries a wide range of books on art.
The building is part of our shared cultural heritage. The National Property Board looks after it, but it is the museum that keeps the building alive. Information on exhibitions and activities can be found on the museum's website.
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