The National Museum opens again on Saturday, October 13, 2018

By on December 19, 2017
Linn Ahlgren/Nationalmuseum

After being closed for renovation since 2013, the National Museum is now launching the occupation of the newly renovated museum building in the middle of Stockholm. The museum will open to the public with great festivals on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

On Thursday, December 14, ten months before the new opening, Culture and Democracy Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke (MP) visited the museum building to form an idea of the major changes awaiting visitors.

After the new opening, the art will be displayed in both daylight and artificial light when the previously covered windows are raised and now show views of the city instead. A new color scheme, inspired by the house’s architect Friedrich August Stüler’s original ideas, will give visitors a new experience of the art.

– Saturday, October 13, 2018, we will open the gates and welcome all new and old visitors. The National Museum at Blasieholmen is once again a place for cultural experiences. A concern for all – owned by everyone, says Birgitta Castenfors, deputy director of the National Museum.

To mark the start of the occupation, the culture and democracy minister rolled together with the first work, the sculpture “Young Woman With Flower Wreath in the Hair” by Johan Niklas Byström, donated to the museum opening year 1866 by widow queen Joséphine, in one of the museum hall. The sculpture will later be placed in the new airy sculpture yard at the museum entrance hall.

Several thousand items come manually and carefully moved onto the three floor plan. A job that takes almost ten months. In addition to the actual art collections, scenography and interior design, other features will also be installed: a new restaurant, two new studios for creative activities, a museum shop and more, as well as other systems and service functions.

In addition to a thorough technical update of the building, after opening it will have capacity for twice as many visitors to the past. The goal is for 300,000 visitors to visit the museum during the two and a half months the museum is open in 2018. For the first 12 months, the target for visits is 800,000.

In connection with the day, the National Museum also launched a new website with a new graphic profile as a frame.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm