Östermalm Cultural Walk, Part 1, Stockholm

Östermalm is one of the most populous districts in Stockholm. An impressive number of official buildings, museums and higher public educational institutions are located in Östermalm. Take this tour to visit Musikmuseet, Swedish History Museum, Museum of Ethnography, several art galleries and many others.
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Östermalm Cultural Walk, Part 1 Map

Guide Name: Östermalm Cultural Walk, Part 1
Guide Location: Sweden » Stockholm (See other walking tours in Stockholm)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: rose
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Galleri Lars Bohman

1) Galleri Lars Bohman

Founded in 1982 by Lars Bohman, this gallery focuses on contemporary international art. It displays the works of 28 artists in various mediums, including painting, sculpture, video, photography and others.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday 12 pm - 6 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm
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Börje Andersson

2) Börje Andersson

Börje Andersson is a gallery specializing in Swedish and international graphic artists. A wide range of graphics and sculptures are displayed, including works by such artists as Hans Belin, Barton Lidice Benes, John-Erik Franzén and others.
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Gun Gallery

3) Gun Gallery

Gun Gallery, opened in 2008, specializes in Swedish and international contemporary photography. Displaying works of famous as well as emerging artists, it is open only by appointment.
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Stureplan

4) Stureplan

Stureplan is a high-end public square in central Stockholm, between Norrmalm and Östermalm. The square connects the major streets Kungsgatan, Birger Jarlsgatan and Sturegatan. The buildings around the square house offices of banks and other financial institutions, as well as several corporate headquarters. Some of the country's most famous and expensive restaurants and bars are located in the area around Stureplan. Some examples are Sturehof, Spy Bar, Riche, Laroy, Hell's Kitchen, East and Sturecompagniet. Exclusive fashion houses with shops in the area include Versace, Hugo Boss, Gucci, and LV. Here you also find the Sturegallerian mall and the Scandic Anglais hotel, part of the Scandic Hotels chain.

In Sweden, Stureplan has also become a well-known symbol for exclusivity since the major refurbishments during the 1980s. Known as an area with many expensive, luxurious bars and restaurants, it is considered a playground for upper-class youth, celebrities, young business executives and the hipper, more recent members of the Swedish Royal Family. Close to Stureplan is the park Humlegården with the National Library of Sweden. Stureplan is connected to Östermalmstorgmetro station of the Stockholm Metro.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Royal Dramatic Theatre

5) Royal Dramatic Theatre (must see)

Sweden’s Royal Dramatic Theatre was founded in 1788 under the patronage of King Gustav III. The theater consists of an incredibly large building, which houses eight stages allowing the theater to present over 1,000 shows annually. Stora Scenen is the main stage and holds 720 people when sold out. The Lilla Scenen is much more intimate with 340 seats. The Lejonkula is devoted to young actors and productions for school-aged children. The Stora Elverket is devoted to contemporary productions.

With stages which hold hundreds of guests to no more than 60 guests, the theater caters to every type of theatergoer. Designed by architect, Fredrik Lilljekvist, the building has an Art Nouveau design, which is enhanced by the interior design skills of famous local artists like Carl Larsson and Carl Milles. The theatre has developed the talents of many an actor over the years. In fact, legendary Swedish actress Greta Garbo began her career at the Stockholm Royal Dramatic Theater, and Ingmar Bergman, the similarly celebrated Swedish director, to this day continues to stage at least two productions at the theater each year. Visitors should expect all productions to be in Swedish. Tours are conducted throughout the year, and it is recommended that guests call for reservations.

Tip:
The English guided tours are scheduled on Saturdays, usually at 5pm. Most Swedes speak English without any accent.
Note, however, that between April 23 and December 12, 2019, no guided tours will be offered due to renovation works.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Musikmuseet

6) Musikmuseet

Editor's note: the museum is closed for renovation. It will open in 2016.

The Stockholm Music Museum was founded in 1899 (then named ”Musikhistoriska museet”), inspired by an exhibition of theatre and music which was part of the great Stockholm art and industry exhibition of 1897. Via donations and appeals for gifts around 200 musical instruments and an amount of archive material concerning the history of music and theatre were gathered. The new museum was opened to the general public in 1901. In 1932 the museum, in the form of a trust, was associated with the Royal Swedish Academy of Music and received a state grant. The state became increasingly responsible for the museum, which in 1981 became part of a new public body – The Swedish National Collections of Music. At the same time the museum was renamed The Stockholm Music Museum (Musikmuseet), since its activities had broadened and changed in character. The collection now encompasses approximately 5,500 instruments with an emphasis on Western art music, and Scandinavian folk music instruments.

Since 1979 the Stockholm Music Museum is located in the splendid former Crown Bakery, in the same quarter as the Court Stables, beside the Royal Dramatic Theatre, in central Stockholm. The Crown Bakery dates from the 17th century, and is Stockholm’s oldest industrial building. This building has a long and eventful history and has through the centuries performed a number of functions: bakery, weapon depot, spirits store. Yet almost all the time - from the 1640s to 1958 - it has been a bakery for the armed forces in Stockholm. It even boasted mobile ovens which could be used during field exercises. In 1945 the building was ravaged by a fire which destroyed its upper floors in the northern part, where the Concert Hall is now located.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Östermalm Cultural Walk, Part 2

Östermalm Cultural Walk, Part 2

Östermalm is one of the most populous districts in Stockholm. An impressive number of official buildings, museums and higher public educational institutions are located in Östermalm. Take this tour to visit Musikmuseet, Swedish History Museum, Museum of Ethnography, several art galleries and many others.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Djurgården Museums Walk

Djurgården Museums Walk

With almost 70 museums in operation, Stockholm houses more museums than almost any other city on the planet. The island of Djurgården, inside Stockholm, is home to an array of museums and historic monuments, including Scandinavia’s most popular Vasa Museum and Sweden’s first open-air museum. To explore these and other museums of Djurgården in detail, follow this self-guided walk.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Norrmalm Cultural Walk, Part 1

Norrmalm Cultural Walk, Part 1

Once an independent city, Norrmalm has been a part of Stockholm (one of its central areas, these days) since 1635. Many of Norrmalm's old buildings were torn down during the 1950s-60s to clear space for modern construction. Still, the most notable pieces of local architecture are in place and reveal a wide range of styles - Late Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque. Among the many places of interest found here are the Strindberg Museum (the last dwelling place of the Swedish author August Strindberg, a.k.a. "Blå tornet" (The Blue Tower)), the cemetery in which René Descartes was buried in 1650 before his remains were moved to France; and the Stockholm Concert Hall. To see these and other attractions of the Swedish capital, follow this guide and enjoy!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Norrmalm Cultural Walk, Part 2

Norrmalm Cultural Walk, Part 2

Once an independent city, Norrmalm has been a part of Stockholm (one of its central areas, these days) since 1635. Many of Norrmalm's old buildings were torn down during the 1950s-60s to clear space for modern construction. Still, the most notable pieces of local architecture are in place and reveal a wide range of styles - Late Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque. The district is a home to The Royal Swedish Opera, The Medelhavsmuseet (Mediterranean Museum) and Moderna Museet (modern and contemporary art museum) hosting one of the richest modern art collections in the world. To see these and other places of interest of the Swedish capital, follow this guide and enjoy!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km

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