Abu Museet 2017
Abu Museet 2017 | Photo: GuidebookSweden (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Abu-Museet

Industrial museum in Svängsta

The award-winning museum with its functioning machines from the era of watch production at ABU-Garcia is located in Svängsta, about 15 kilometers north of Karlshamn.

The museum is located in the original factory building of the company ABU. The assembly halls and the machine shop from the 1930s are still in their original condition and most of the machines are fully functional.

In the exhibition you can see the former products which were manufactured during the company's history. Beginning with the production of pocket watches, the production of taxi meters and phone timers to the world famous fishing reels.

Who would like to know how a Swedish school looked like in the mid-19th century, just need to go a few steps to reach Möllegården school museum, which is situated in a former schoolhouse from 1850.

Holländarevägen 86
376 81 Svängsta
56°15′57.2″N 14°46′8.24″E
Closed today

Chronology

1887

The history of the company begins with the founding of Halda, the first watch factory in Sweden, by Henning Hammarlund.

1893

The award-winning watches gaining world fame at the Worlds Fair in Chicago.

1920

Halda stops the watch production.

1921

The former foreman Carl-August Borgström buys the inventory and machinery and begins with his own production of pocket watches under the name AB Urfabriken (ABU). It was followed by the production of taxi meters and phone timers.

1939

The manufacturing of fishing reels and other fishing equipment begins.

1943

The old factory building was too small and the company moved to the new production halls.

1977

Abu-Museet was established in the old factory.

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