Museums in Gothenburg

Gothenburg is a compact city, with a big city feel in its wide avenues, streets and squares. The city’s museums are within walking distance of each other and most have excellent restaurants/cafés and typically funky/designy museum shop fare.

  • View over Gothenburg and Museum of World Culture

View over Gothenburg and Museum of World Culture

Apartments and aviation

Let’s start off small. Vintage and interiors and design buffs should pay a visit to the Kortedala Museum to see how a young couple would have lived in Gothenburg from 1955 – 1966 in these reconstructed two-room apartment. This is a trip back in time and your guide actually lived in the area during the period. It’s cute.

The aviation-mind should definitely visit the Aeromuseum, a secret military site during the Cold War. Set in a giant underground hangar hewn from solid rock, here you learn the history of aviation and get to sit in the pilot’s seat in a jet-fighter and helicopter simulator.

Art, photography and design

Art, photography and design your bag? Then head first for the Guide Michelin three-starred attraction Gothenburg Museum of Art at Götaplatsen sqaure for the world’s finest collection of national-romantic Scandinavian late 19th century art. Look out for works by Edvard Munch, Anders Zorn and Carl Larsson. Otherwise, five centuries of art are represented here, including works by Picasso, Rembrandt and Rubens. The art museum shares this beautiful neoclassical building with the Hasselblad Center. Go here for Swedish and international photographers’ work and five photography exhibitions per year.

Just around the corner from here is the Röhsska Museum, or as someone somewhere prefers to call it the Swedish Museum of Fashion, Design and Decorative. We’ll stick to Röhsska. Go here for mainly Swedish and European handicraft, Chinese and Japanese materials and for a large dose of contemporary Swedish, Nordic and European commercial and industrial design.

History of Gothenburg and world culture

Want to know how people lived where Gothenburg is today 12,000 years ago. Or why and how the city was laid out by Dutchmen? Then visit the Gothenburg City Museum for answers and expansions on these facts and much, much more about the history and culture of Gothenburg. This museum is also home to Sweden’s only surviving Viking ship.

Two of Gothenburg’s newer museums are Universeum and Museum of World Culture.

Universeum is a science discovery centre combining science, technology and adventure in an exciting building by Gothenburg´s own international star architect Gert Wingård. The seven floors of Universeum present seven different environments, including the Rainforest Zone and the Ocean Zone, among many other attractions. Kids love it.

The Museum of World Culture is housed in another magnificent and widely publicized new building, designed by London architects Cécile Brisac and Edgar Gonzalez. The museum features an ambitious and diverse programme of dynamic and exciting exhibitions from all around the world, based on experiences for all senses.

Do yourself a favour and buy a Gothenburg City Card when you visit. It gets you free travel on public transport, free admission to attractions, museums and free guided tours and sightseeing. As well as discounts in shops and free parking in the city.




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