With quite a few museums undergoing extensive reconstruction and some others hibernating through the dark months, it might not have been the most ideal time for me to be in Stockholm. However, renewed government regulations encouraged all museums to drop their entrance fee right when I arrived, which resulted in a bit of semi-heated debate, and a very exciting time for most museums. I very much enjoyed finding myself in the middle of all this.
However, I was pleasantly surprised to see that there were also a lot of other people wandering through the cultural landscape. People from all different backgrounds, ethnicity and age seem to have found their way to the museums. Perhaps they are lured in by the public programs, tailored for everyone and anyone, as museums go through a lot of trouble catering for all possible target groups.
And while other countries are still busy arguing about whether or not children belong in museums, Sweden holds special baby tours to get them all hooked as young as possible. Mums and dads on parental leave have plenty of time to join stroller tours. Toolboxes, special programs, quizzes, dress up parties and treasure hunts are guaranteed to give moms and sons the perfect day at the museum, and nothing says father-daughter quality time like constructing a glitter infested miniature farm house together. In case you're still not convinced: I did not see a single chocolate fingerprint on the Rubens, there were no bite marks on the ancient artefacts and the one time I saw someone touch something they shouldn't, it was, indeed, a grown up.
In general though, most museums turned out better than expected. The exhibitions are designed with great care, they're welcoming and they offer something for every type of visitor. Oh, and they all have foldable chairs you can drag around so you can sit down wherever you want. On top of that, many of them are worth passing by just for the amazing architecture, the great surroundings or the scrumptious cakes in the café. If you're ever in Stockholm, you should definitely take some time to visit a museum. Or two. Or thirty-five.