The large museum building in Nyköping is the headquarters of the Sörmlands Museum, which represents the cultural and historical development of the entire region in southeastern central Sweden. Other museums belonging to Sörmlands Museum are located at the nearby castle Nyköpinghus and at Nynäs Slott.
Furthermore, the provincial museum operates numerous open-air exhibitions within the province under the title Historien i Sörmland. These exhibitions are marked with red metal pennants on red poles and are located in a number of historical sites in 13 different towns. Each exhibition tells a piece of local history in text and pictures, each one being like a piece of a puzzle that, piece by piece, forms an overall cultural and historical picture of the province.
The exhibitions of Sörmlands Museum
In Nyköping, Sörmlands Museum presents the history of the province over the past 200 years with the help of four large permanent exhibitions. These exhibitions are accompanied by interesting temporary exhibitions on various historical and current topics, as well as seminars, information events and courses, for example on old craft techniques.
The heart of the exhibitions and the largest permanent exhibition is the museum's magazine with about 80,000 exhibits from the history of the province. Unlike most other museums, the Sörmlands Museum's magazine is not housed in some warehouse, but is located in the middle of the museum itself. And as another big difference, the exhibits are not just gathering dust on the shelves, but are presented and can be viewed daily as part of a free one-hour guided tour.
The permanent exhibition Historiska ögonblick (Historical Moment) is dedicated to the recent history of Nyköping from 1850 to the present. Numerous exhibits, photos and documents illustrate the changes in the town and life in it, and a digital map allows visitors to follow the town's development by comparing historical maps.
A permanent exhibition that is not quite commonplace bears the title Vara barn (Being a child). Using exhibits, pictures and reports from contemporary witnesses, it shows the differences of being a child throughout history. What everyday childhood looked like when our parents or grandparents were children, which toys they played with, what is still the same today as it was before or what has changed completely since.
Museum store, café and further information
The café and restaurant on the first floor of the museum offers a variety of affordable and freshly prepared dishes of the day, using mainly sustainably produced ingredients. Coffee is accompanied by daily changing homemade pastries, and if the weather is fine you can also take a seat on the outside terrace. The museum store offers a very wide range of products including books, jewelry, clothing, glass, ceramics and decorative items, most of which are inspired by museum objects and are made exclusively for the museum.
The museum has two floors and is barrier-free. The entrance is at ground level and has an automatic door, the second floor can be reached by elevator, and the corridors in the exhibitions are wide enough for wheelchairs and baby carriages. On both levels there are several handicapped accessible toilets and changing tables.
At the reception you can get a free map of the museum for orientation, the whole building has free Wi-Fi and if you want to take a short break during your visit, you will find numerous sitting areas within the building. With the exception of assistance dogs, no dogs are allowed in the museum.
Sörmlands Museum: Opening hours & admission
Tuesday: 10:00 – 17:00
Last update: 10/2020 | Errors and omissions excepted.