We say that even the building is a work of art. But nowadays the Nationalmuseum is hidden behind building protection while undergoing a renovation to become the greatest museum of the arts again in 2018.

Nationalmuseum is Sweden's leading museum of art and design, showing paintings, sculptures, drawings, applied art and design from the 16th century up until the 20th century.

Nationalmuseum is rooted in the Royal art collections that largely passed into State ownership following King Gustav III's death in 1792. However, it took until 1845 for the Riksdag to decide on construction of a museum and it was not until 1866 that Nationalmuseum first opened its doors. The building, inspired by Venetian architecture, was designed by German architect Friedrich August Stüler and is considered one of his best works. The façade is clad in limestone from Borghamn on the eastern shore of Lake Vättern and the interior features marble of various colours and shades. The airy rooms and sculpture hall at the top of the stairs were most extravagantly decorated as they were intended to house Gustav III's collection of sculptures from antiquity.

Renovation project 2014-18

Behind the now closed doors of Nationalmuseum and its construction coverings a magnificent renovation project is taking place. The renovation project will create a more modern museum, a brighter, lighter astmosphere for the arts and for its visitors.

Nationalmuseum is - when in use - Sweden's largest art museum, with around 16,000 works, including well-known masterpieces by artists such as Carl Larsson and Alexander Roslin. Alongside the Swedish masters, you found international works by Rembrandt, Watteau, Renoir, Gauguin and many others. There were also an exhibition on Scandinavian design and applied art over the past 100 years.

The building is part of our shared cultural heritage. The National Property Board Sweden is managing it, but it is the museum that keeps the building alive. Information on exhibitions and activities can be found on the museum's website. During the renovation exhibitions produced by Nationalmuseum take place in other buildings in Stockholm


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