The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities
A classical oasis
The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities (Mediterranean Museum) is an oasis of classical culture in Stockholm – a little piece of the Mediterranean and a meeting place where epochs and cultures come together. The Museum's collection contains artefacts from the ancient cultures of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean and the Near East.
The current home of the Mediterranean Museum is the oldest building in the district, with walls from the mid-17th century and the time of Queen Kristina, when the original building was built for Field Marshal Gustav Horn. Following a fire in the 1870s, the old mansion was converted into bank premises for Stockholms Insättnings Garanti Aktiebolag. It was in 1982 that the Mediterranean Museum then moved into the former mansion and bank, with its Italian-inspired banking hall.
The permanent exhibitions include the history of Cyprus, the Near East and the Egyptian collection. The Cyprus collection is one of the best in the world outside Cyprus. There are also regular temporary exhibitions and lectures are organised on Mediterranean themes.
Don't miss the library either – a treasure trove for those interested in classical archaeology and cultural history from the areas around the Mediterranean and the Near East. The museum's restaurant, Bagdad Café, serves up food inspired by the Eastern Mediterranean region.
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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