Famous artists' house in Sundborn
The Carl Larsson-Gården is the former home of the famous artist couple Carl and Karin Larsson and their eight children. The estate is located in the south of the village of Sundborn in the municipality of Falu Kommun, about 13 kilometres northeast of Falun.
The estate is actually called Lilla Hyttnäs and was given to Carl Larsson (1853 – 1919) and Karin Larsson (1859 – 1928) by her father in 1888. It is situated with the equally historic estate Stora Hyttnäs on the banks of the river Sundbornsån. Between 1889 and 1912, the artist couple transformed the house into the Carl Larsson-Gården we know today through alterations and extensions as well as their own style of furnishing, mostly created by Karin Larsson.
Carl Larsson-Gården becomes world famous
Even before the Larsson family moved permanently from Stockholm to Sundborn in 1901, many of Carl Larsson's famous paintings were created in and around the house. In 1899, he published a total of 24 watercolours in the book Ett hem (A Home), which made Lilla Hyttnäs suddenly famous. In the book, Larsson describes his family life in words and illustrations, and the book is intended to serve as inspiration for decorating the reader's own four walls.
Carl Larsson's wish came true and the Larsson's interior design has since shaped the taste of Swedes nationwide and the look of countless living spaces. The influence was so great that many elements can still be found today in the very popular Scandinavian home design.
Discover Carl Larsson-Gården
The estate has been open to the public since 1946 and has become a popular tourist destination. During a 45-minute guided tour, you can enter the house and learn exciting details about the estate and its origins. Guided tours take place all year round. For more information and to book a tour, please visit the official website.
Around the house you will find probably Sweden's best-known garden, which can be seen in many of the Larsson's artworks. In 2014, it was restored to the state it was in during the lifetime of the artist couple. Here you will find the herbs and flowers species that were also cultivated by the Larssons, as well as the garden furniture that they designed and painted themselves.
If you still haven't had enough after your visit to Carl Larsson-Gården, you'll find countless items printed with works by the artist couple, as well as reproductions of paintings, postcards and books in the on-site museum shop.
Carl Larsson-Gården: Opening hours & admission
Monday – Sunday: 11:00 – 15:00
Last update: 06/2022 | Errors and omissions excepted.