On Saturday 13 October, the National Museum was re-opened by The King in the presence of The Queen, The Crown Princess and Prince Daniel. The National Museum in Stockholm has been closed for renovation since 2013.
The opening ceremony was held before a large crowd who had gathered on the quay in front of the main entrance to the National Museum.
Speeches were made by The King, Museum Director Susanna Pettersson and Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke.
As part of his speech before re-opening the museum, The King said:
“From my office on the other side of the water I have been able to follow with interest the five-year-long renovation process. And I have really been looking forward to seeing the results – from the inside too.”
Following the ceremony, The King and Queen and The Crown Princess Couple, together with the Minister and the Museum Director, enjoyed a guided tour conducted by Magnus Olausson, Director of Collections and Research.
The new Sculpture Courtyard, including Bengt Erland Fogelberg’s sculptures of three old Norse gods donated to the museum by Queen Josefina at the time of its inauguration in 1866, was viewed first. The group subsequently visited the exhibition hall housing art from 1800 to the 1870s.
The National Museum is Sweden’s largest art and design museum. It is also a government authority with a mandate to promote art. The collections include paintings, sculptures, miniatures, handicrafts, design, drawings, prints and portrait photography. In total, the collections comprise approximately 700,000 objects from the 16th century up to the present day.