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At Abba The Museum you’ll find all of ABBA’s timeless hits. Photo: Shutterstock
At Abba The Museum you’ll find all of ABBA’s timeless hits. Photo: Shutterstock


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ABBA, Max Martin, Avicii, Swedish House Mafia, Roxette… the list is endless. Sweden is the largest exporter of pop music per capita in the world and is one of the leading countries at music events such as the Eurovision Song Contest. Stig “Stikkan” Anderson, who wrote the lyrics to hits including ABBA’s “Mamma Mia”, “Dancing Queen”, and “Waterloo”, set the bar really high for Sweden in the 70s. Here are just some of the places where you can learn about Swedish music through the ages.

Abba The Museum

Here you’ll find all of ABBA’s timeless hits, as well as their spectacular stage outfits, gold discs, original items, memorabilia, and much more! You can also get up on stage and join the band yourself! 

Djurgårdsvägen 68, Stockholm

Music Scene Gothenburg 1955–2018

Music Scene Gothenburg takes you on a journey through the popular music of Gothenburg. See the locations, read about the artists, and experience the sounds of the times through recordings, photographs, and objects. The exhibition runs until January 2018!

Norra Hamngatan 12, Göteborg
goteborgsstadsmuseum.se The exhibition of Håkan Hellström at Music Scene Gothenburg . Photo: Göteborgs stadsmuseum

Good Evening Europe

To mark Sweden’s hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, a very special exhibition has been created, dedicated to the popular music contest. Here you’ll find the outfits worn by previous winners, a music quiz, and karaoke. The exhibition is attached to the ABBA Museum, so you can take it all in at once! 

Djurgårdsvägen 68, Stockholm

Music and theater library 

The music and theater library in Stockholm has a music archive to die for. You can borrow musical scores for all kinds of ensembles and genres, and read literature and periodicals about music, theater, and dance. It has 100,000 musical scores you can download, and hundreds of thousands of books and play scripts. 

Musikverket - Torsgatan 19, Stockholm

Swedish Museum of Performing Arts 2017 

On February 11, 2017, the Swedish Museum of Performing Arts opens in the heart of Stockholm. Kronobageriet, right next door to the Royal Dramatic Theatre, has undergone an extensive renovation which has given it three exhibition floors, a large concert hall, and a restaurant. 

Sibyllegatan 2, Stockholm

Text: Agnes Sundblad Elverfors

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