Housed in a former boiler house, Röda Sten is now a major center for the local alternative arts scene. Showcasing contemporary art exhibits, experimental projects and hip events. The graffiti-covered building offers excellent views of the Älvsborg Bridge and Eriksberg dock. Four floors of eclectic exhibits include a communal sculpture and edgy Swedish photography. Take a break afterward at the hip indie-style café.
Meander through stunning collections of art, furniture, crafts and fashion from Chinese porcelain to haute couture by young Swedish designers. In addition to the permanent collections, temporary exhibits offers a fascinating mix of both Swedish and international industrial design, high fashion and cutting-edge architecture. From vintage undergarments to Tiffany glass and a 1948 Vespa moped, this eclectic bit of Gothenburg culture is endlessly intriguing.
Strandverket Art Museum
One of the Gothenburg art scene’s highlights, the Strandverket Art Museum is magnificently housed in a mid-1800s fortress at the south entrance to Marstrand harbour. Permanent collections emphasize sculpture and photography and include works by Sean Henry, Eva Hild, Lennart Nilsson and Bernar Venet. Wander through sculpture-dotted gardens or relax with coffee and a pastry in the pretty alfresco courtyard.
The Museum of Gothenburg
Celebrating the history of Gothenburg from ancient times to the present day, the Museum of Gothenburg showcases fascinating collections including furniture, cars, clothes, photographs, fashion and intriguing archeological finds. Take a tour through 1700s Gothenburg, visit the Vikings, play in the Children’s Museum, peruse intriguing temporary exhibitions and watch historic films. A super museum shop offers a wide variety of toys, posters, design objects and handicrafts.
A vast warehouse of local nostalgia, the Mölndals Museum sprawls through an old police station, offering a glimpse at everything from 17th century clogs to racks of vintage clothes, collections of chairs and a recreated 1930s workman’s cottage. Wind up your tour with a cool beverage in the in-house café overlooking the rapids.
Fans of the 1950s will delight in the unique exhibits of the Kortedala Museum, a carefully preserved two-room apartment completely decked out to welcome a young family from the decade between 1955 and 1966. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in the spring of 2015, this off-the-beaten track gem features completely original items from children’s toys, personal belongings and appliances to a functioning black and white television.
The Gothenburg Museum of Art
Home to some of the world’s finest collections of Nordic art, this acclaimed Gothenburg museumhouses works by Edvard Munch, Picasso, Monet, Rembrandt and Carl Larsson. The City theatre and Concert Hall are next door, making the area a bustling part of the Gothenburg culture scene.
Situated in the acclaimed Gothenburg Museum of Art, the Hasselblad Center hosts five to six exhibitions each year showcasing the photographs of international and Swedish photographers.