The Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities
All things Asia
Located on Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm, the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities is ready to transport visitors to China, India and South-East Asia with a collection that is almost peerless outside Asia itself.
It was Swedish archaeologist Johan Andersson who, in the 1920s, uncovered painted ceramics from China's agricultural Stone Age. These collections formed the foundation for the museum that was established by the Riksdag in 1926. The museum grew quickly and in 1959 its collections were merged with the Nationalmuseum's collections of East Asian and Indian art and applied art. The new museum opened in 1963 in the old naval warehouse on Skeppsholmen.
For children there is the Dragon Studio (open weekends and holidays), a family room where activities include meeting the Good Luck Dragon, playing a memory game on the wall and smelling Indian spices. The shop sells items such as hand-painted dolls from Japan, bags and ceramics. The Noodle Bar serves salads based on noodles and vegetables – accompanied by freshly brewed tea, Asian style, if you wish.
As with all the other buildings on Skeppsholmen, the long yellow 17th-century building that houses the museum was once part of Stockholm's naval base. The building has an exciting history, having been home to a ropewalk, a poor house, stables and a lion's den. Over the years, several floors have been added to meet the navy's need for storage space.
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.
- Wheelchair ramp
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