A personal travel guide for adventurous young people by Lisa Love

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The Museum of Medieval Stockholm

Stockholms medeltidsmuseum

Address: Strömparterren, Norrbro
Phone: 08-508 318 08
Opening hours, admission, etc: www.medeltidsmuseet.stockholm.se
Buses: 43, 62
Subway station: Kungsträdgården or Gamla Stan

The Museum of Medieval Stockholm is something so unusual as a museum built underground, right in the middle of an archaeological dig. You’ll find a stretch of Stockholm’s city wall from 1530—showcased right where it was unearthed twenty years ago—running through the middle of the museum. Part of the even older inner city wall from the 1300s also crosses the main hall.

SkullsBetween the two walls, a skeleton still lies where it was found, which may be a little scary for younger children. Hangman’s hill, presented in replica in one corner of the hall, is also a little gruesome, but both displays are easy to avoid if you want to.

Medieval model
The museum staff has built up fantastic, walk-through sets, brick houses typical of the times, and models of the central islands of Stockholm that all give you a good idea of what the capital looked like more than half-a-millennium ago. The entire museum is dimly illuminated and muted medieval music is played in the background. I think both will help you get in the right mood for a trip in time to a lost city that “disappeared underground” hundreds of years ago.

Medieval Street
The Museum of Medieval Stockholm is located on the same small island as the Swedish Houses of Parliament and an easy walk from the Royal Palace. During the fall and spring staff members offer children’s tours and a children’s workshop.

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Revised: Monday, 30 May 2011.

In 1988 the Museum of Medieval Stockholm was honored to earn the
European Museum of the Year Award.