Technical museum in Eskilstuna
The Munktellmuseet shows the history and machines around the mechanical engineering pioneer Johan Theofron Munktell. It is located in the old industrial district of Munktellstaden in Eskilstuna.
The museum was opened in 1991 and today has an exhibition area of about 5,000 square metres. Among the almost 100 exhibits in the exhibition are steam engines, construction and agricultural machinery as well as tractors and engines. They tell a part of Sweden's industrial history since the first half of the 19th century.
Visiting the Munktellmuseet
All the machines you can discover in the museum are restored and fully functional. Among them you will find highlights such as the first Swedish tractor from 1913 or a replica of the Förstlingen, Sweden's first steam locomotive. Next to them are wheel loaders, dump trucks and many other machines that you can even climb on and try out.
In total, the museum's collection comprises about 200 objects. Most of them come from the former Bolinder-Munktell company, from which the museum emerged. Both the company and the museum are now part of the Volvo Group. In 2021, parts of the museum were renovated, and in a new interactive exhibition you can learn more about the innovative technologies and future visions of Volvo Construction Equipment. With VR glasses, you can even control the modern machines yourself.
The Munktellmuseet is an experience for the whole family and is also exciting for children. There is also a café and a museum shop where you can find models of the machines, books and much more.
The history of Munktell
Johan Theofron Munktell was born on March 20, 1805. He had developed an early interest in technical devices, such as printing presses or minting machines. At the age of 27 he opened his mechanical workshop, Munktells Mekaniska Verkstad, where he worked daily until his death in 1887. During his lifetime, Munktell was also a co-founder of mechanical engineering apprenticeship and technical education.
In 1932, the company merged with Bolinders Mekaniska Verkstad, which was located north of Stockholm. The resulting company, AB Bolinder-Munktell, was bought by Volvo only 18 years later and integrated into the corporation. The museum therefore has the task of preserving and exhibiting historical objects from the entire history of the company.
Munktellmuseet: Opening hours & admission
Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 16:00
Last update: 08/2021 | Errors and omissions excepted.