Usually, we are not visiting many museums. We like to get a feeling of a city by strolling through the streets and also visiting areas that are not known as touristic spots. Yet, in Gothenburg we decided that visiting the City Museum could be really interesting as we did not know much about the past of Gothenburg before we visited the Swedish city. After an extensive tour through the museum, we can safely say: The “Göteborgs Stadsmuseum” is worth a visit!
At times, visiting a museum is a really nice experience. For sure, you have to be interested in either culture or history to enjoy a museum.
But if you are, you’ll have a great time. That is especially true for the Museum of Gothenburg which has a rich selection of historic items. The museum displays the development of Gothenburg from the first settlements till today.
Vikings as well as the trade with India both played an important role that definitely is worth a mention.
What I especially liked when visiting the Museum of Gothenburg was the focus on items rather than on texts. There are several information boards throughout the museum, but if you are likely to just stroll around and get yourself impressed by historic items and beautiful paintings, you’ll have a great time as well.
Yet, the information boards usually contained useful information that was presented in a short and easy understandable matter. Most boards were bilingual with information available in English and Swedish alike.
If you are interested in Swedish history or the cultural development of the nation, you’ll definitely love the Gothenburg City Museum.
For a short visit, plan at least one hour of time. If you want to enjoy an extensive visit, you may need three or more hours to read all information boards and have a closer look at all items, paintings and pictures.
“Göteborgs Stadsmuseum” is located in the heart of the city and due to that easy reachable from everywhere either by foot, by public transport or a taxi. Admission with just 40 SEK (~ 4 Euro / 5 US-Dollar) for adults is pretty cheap compared to other attractions in Gothenburg.
Teenagers and people in the young 20’s (till 25) may access the museum free of charge. Also, you’ll have free admission when holding a Gothenburg City Card. Be aware that the museum is closed on Mondays and only open till 5 pm on Tuesday and from Thursday to Sunday. The only day with really long opening times is Wednesday, where the museum is open from 10 am to 8 pm.