The King, The Crown Princess and Princess Estelle visit the National Museum

On Saturday 13 October, The King re-opened the National Museum in Stockholm, which has been closed and undergoing renovations since 2013. Earlier in the week, The King, The Crown Princess and Princess Estelle had the opportunity to visit the museum.

The National Museum is home to thousands of objects, many of which come from the collections of former monarchs. The oldest works can be traced back to the time of King Gustav Vasa in the 16th century. The royal collections achieved world-class status during the mid-18th century, thanks largely to Queen Lovisa Ulrika and Carl Gustaf Tessin. Ambitions grew further with King Gustav III.

When King Gustav III died, the regency decided that the royal collection should be transferred into public ownership, and the Royal Museum was founded. The museum, which was housed in the North Logården Wing of the Royal Palace of Stockholm, opened in 1794. Construction on the present National Museum was completed in 1866, and the collections were moved there.

The newly renovated National Museum has larger exhibition spaces, allowing the museum to welcome twice as many visitors as before. The previously covered windows have been opened up, letting in more light and offering views of the city.

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In the upper staircase, with Carl Larsson's monumental painting The Entry of King Gustav Vasa of Sweden into Stockholm, 1523 in the background. The painting was completed in 1908.

In the upper staircase, with Carl Larsson's monumental painting The Entry of King Gustav Vasa of Sweden into Stockholm, 1523 in the background. The painting was completed in 1908. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The King, The Crown Princess and Princess Estelle inspect Émile Mascré's painting of their ancestor King Karl XIV Johan.

The King, The Crown Princess and Princess Estelle inspect Émile Mascré's painting of their ancestor King Karl XIV Johan. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Princess Estelle in front of Carl Gustaf Pilo's oil painting of King Gustav III's coronation in Stockholm Cathedral in 1772.

Princess Estelle in front of Carl Gustaf Pilo's oil painting of King Gustav III's coronation in Stockholm Cathedral in 1772. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The Crown Princess and Princess Estelle examine objects from the National Museum's collections.

The Crown Princess and Princess Estelle examine objects from the National Museum's collections. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden