Sunday, August 25, 2013

Nordic Museum, Stockholm

I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about going to the Nordic Museum to see an antique filing system from the beginning of the 20th century, but the illustrations in watercolor by artist Emelie von Waltersdorff were amazing!  Check them out.

The Nordic Museum is a museum located on Djurgården, an island in central Stockholm, Sweden, dedicated to the cultural history and ethnography of Sweden from the Early Modern age (which for purposes of Swedish history is said to begin in 1520) until the contemporary period. The museum was founded in the late 19th century by Artur Hazelius, who also founded the open-air museum Skansen.

For the Nordic museum, Hazelius bought or managed to get donations of objects – furniture, clothes, toys etc. – from all over Sweden and the other Nordic countries; he was mainly interested in peasant culture but his successors increasingly started to collect objects reflecting bourgeois and urban lifestyles as well.

King Gustav Vasa

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