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The Swedish Museum of Natural History

(Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet)
The Swedish Museum of Natural History has over 10 million objects in its collection. It is an active research institution which makes new discoveries every year. The museum also serves as experts for preservation initiatives, conservation, and climate change. The institution has been active and growing its collection for over 300 years. Their vision is to increase knowledge about nature and inspire responsibility for our world.
Surrounding area: The museum is located just next to Stockholm University in a beautiful building that is often called the palace of nature.
Age groups: The museum is most appropriate for children from 3 years old.
Exhibits: There are 11 permanent exhibitions, temporary exhibitions, and an IMAX theater.

The Human Journey

looks at the history of humans from our first upright ancestors to modern day. It also explores the impact of climate on our human history and the development of mammals overall including the domestication of wild animals such as horses and dogs.

The Human Animal (Temporarily closed)

is filled with interactive mechanisms and games to highlight our evolutionary history from a purely biological perspective. It looks at our unique adaptations and compares them to other modern animals.

NOTE: this exhibit is currently closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

A Souvenir for Life

is a small exhibition that looks at the illegal trade of endangered animals. The exhibit makes use of a fictional case study of a family entering Sweden after returning from a tropical vacation where they may have purchased illegal souvenirs. The exhibit also contains crucial information about the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or CITIES.

NOTE: this exhibit is currently closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Expeditions

is a small exhibition that looks at the research expeditions that have recently been completed by the museum. The museum seeks to record modern knowledge of nature by collecting plants, animals, fossils, minerals and tissue samples that will be stored in natural history museums all over the world.

NOTE: this exhibit is currently closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Fossils and Evolution

showcases dinosaurs, has a station for digging up fossils (temporarily closed), and has many interactive objects including a sleeping dinosaur that moves to look like it is breathing.

Life in Water

presents plants and animals that live in and around water. Life began in water and it still covers almost 2/3 of our planet. The exhibit explores what it takes to live in different kinds of water and the types of animals living below the surface.

The Diversity of Life
showcases the incredible diversity of life on our planet. There are thousand of preserved insects and a wall with a swarm of butterflies on it.

NOTE: this exhibit is currently closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Swedish Nature

looks at the different environments of Sweden and the animals that live within them. This is one of the largest exhibits and has recently been upgraded with an augmented reality companion app you can download on your phone.

Polar Regions
explores life in the Artic and Antarctic. A feature of this exhibit are massive whale skeletons.

NOTE: this exhibit is currently closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Treasure From the Earth's Interior
presents geological materials that can be found here on Earth. It highlights the diversity of materials and their modern uses. There is a black light room to see how different minerals react to ultraviolet light. There is also a large cabinet that contains a catalogue with samples in alphabetical order. You are free to open the shelves and explore.

NOTE: this exhibit is currently closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Mission: Climate Earth
explores climate science and climate change. There are interactive items that help demonstrate the functioning of our planet's climate.

NOTE: this exhibit is currently closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Cultivating the City
is a seasonal exhibition in the museum's courtyard. It is open only in the summer. Here you will find information about animal life in the city, see insects checking into bug hotels, and see bees busy at work in a hive.

NOTE: this exhibit is currently closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The Thin Line

is a temporary exhibit that showcases photos by Björn Persson of species on the thin line between survival and extinction.

Cosmonova
is the museum's IMAX theater. It is the only purpose-built IMAX theater in Sweden. Read more on the museum website for current showings.
Special activities:
  • The Lab which allows children to ask questions to experts, discover the museums collections, and becoming a scientist for a day.
  • Dino-Doris in the dinosaur guided tour for kids to answer questions and play games with guests. NOTE: this tour is currently closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • An Escape Room (bookable in advance) for anyone 16 years or older or 12 and accompanied by an adult. NOTE: this exhibit is currently closed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Hours:

Tuesday - Sunday

Hours may vary, see web for details

Pricing:

Free

Free tickets need to be pre-booked

Private events & parties: Private events and conferences are available to book. They do not have special packages for children's parties but have a page with suggestions here.
Accessibility: The museum has elevators and the exhibitions do not have high thresholds. A number of exhibits have objects to touch and hold. There is an audio guide you can listen to through the museum. For more information about accessibility here.

Restaurant & picnic area: There is a restaurant in the basement of the museum(more information about available food here).
Packed lunches are welcome and there is a designated area to eat them on the main level. There are microwaves, a sink, and children's high chairs available for use.

Strollers & storage: Strollers are welcome inside the museum. There are lockers on the lower level that require a 10kr coin that is refunded when you return the key. Please note that there can be changes in this area due to COVID-19.
Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet
Frescativägen 40, 114 18 Stockholm
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