ABBA The Museum
ABBA Museum in Stockholm
ABBA The Museum, which is the official name of the ABBA Museum, is located on the island Djurgården in the heart of the Swedish capital Stockholm and presents the history of the legendary Swedish pop band ABBA.
Since ABBA was not just any music group, but the most successful pop band of the 1970s, the ABBA Museum, which opened in 2013, also represents an important chapter in pop history. This part of music history is brought to life again in the ABBA Museum, because in addition to the large number of analog exhibits, ABBA The Museum is an interactive museum in which the visitor can become the fifth band member to enter the events on stage.
The four band members are projected as life-size holograms onto the stage and you can sing and dance alongside Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid. In addition, one of the spectacular stage outfits is projected onto the body or the well-known hits are re-arranged in the reconstructed recording studio of Polar-Music. If you like, you can have your experiences recorded by scanning your ticket and saving the recordings for 30 days on the ABBA Museum website, from where they can be shared in social media.
The exhibitions at the ABBA Museum
Apart from that, there is of course a lot of music to listen to in the ABBA Museum and a lot of film footage, concert recordings and interviews. In addition, there is an abundance of items provided by the band members that will make the heart of every ABBA fan beat faster. Among them a real gallery with awards, gold and platinum records as well as original records and a large collection of spectacular stage costumes that were part of the ABBA trademark, like their catchy melodies.
Besides, private clothes, furniture and photos of the band members as well as lots of fan mail and gifts from fans are shown. The ABBA Museum also includes important stages in the lives and careers of the band members – from the four's childhood and their life before ABBA, from Björn and Benny's first meeting in Västervik in 1966, from Agnetha and Björn's private separation in the 1970s until the band split up at the end of 1982.
In order to keep the exhibition as close to reality as possible, many of the exhibits are shown in the faithfully reproduced environments of their origin. For example, the interior of the cottage on the archipelago island of Viggsö, where Björn and Benny often retreated to compose and write new songs. As well as the replica of Polar Music's recording studio, which contains not only functioning technology but also original instruments such as Benny's white piano, Björn's guitars or Agnetha and Anni-Frid's microphone holders.
Experience the highlights of the ABBA Museum
A special place in the exhibition is of course the winning of the ESC in 1974, where the title Waterloo, in contrast to its historical model, marked the beginning of a furious career. A career that led to 400 million records sold, to a total of 124 times number 1 in the single charts of 23 countries and to 78 times number 1 in the album charts of 21 countries.
Since 2015, Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad have been standing practically lifelike and united in the ABBA Museum. The four amazingly realistic-looking silicone figures, for which the band members were completely measured, took over a year to create and show ABBA as we remember them from the 1970s.
In order to enhance the visitor experience and not to miss any information, we recommend the audio guide, which can be borrowed for small money and is also available in English, German, Finnish, French, Russian, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Chinese and Japanese. The audio guides in Swedish and English were even recorded by the band members themselves.
The ABBA Museum is located in appropriate surroundings, since Sweden's oldest amusement park Gröna Lund and the famous open-air museum Skansen as well as the unique Vasa Museum are among the attractions in the immediate vicinity.
Further information about the museum
The ABBA Museum is barrier-free and can be visited without difficulty using a wheelchair or walker. For safety reasons, however, no more than five wheelchairs are allowed in the museum at the same time, so that there may be occasional waiting times. Prams are not allowed at all for safety reasons – but there is a sheltered parking area for the prams and baby carriers can be rented.
Parking spaces near the ABBA Museum are very limited. You can try your luck at the parking lot of the nearby amusement park Gröna Lund, but otherwise you can take the tram or bus, whose stops are practically on the doorstep. But a walk from the main station up to the museum also only takes approximately 20 minutes.
With the exception of assistance dogs, all dogs and other pets are excluded from the visit. Payment at the ABBA Museum has been completely cashless since the opening. As one of Stockholm's tourist highlights, the museum is very well attended and to avoid queuing at the ticket office, you can easily book your ticket online in advance.
ABBA The Museum: Opening hours & admission
Monday – Tuesday: 10:00 – 18:00
Monday – Sunday: 9:00 – 20:00
Monday – Tuesday: 10:00 – 18:00
Monday – Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00
Last update: 02/2020 | Errors and omissions excepted.