ABBA museum in Sweden

October 11th, 2020

I recently got to spend a day in Stockholm, Sweden – a city that’s never been at the top of my list of places to visit, but should have been! Stockholm is definitely one of those underrated destinations that most tourists tend to overlook.

The city, gothic yet charming, encompasses 14 islands that are connected by ferries and sightseeing boats. One of the islands, DjurgΓ₯rden, is home to a variety of museums, the most famous one being the ABBA Museum.

Thanks to my parents, I’ve developed a taste for 70’s and 80’s rock and pop music at quite a young age. A few favourites are The Cranberries, U2 and The Carpenters, but my all time favourite is ABBA.

One of my fondest childhood memories was singing along to ABBA on family road trips. Mom, dad, brother and sister stuffed into a sedan with three week’s luggage, groceries, beach equipment and sometimes even a few slaughtered chickens.

Friday night and the lights are low…

The 600km drive took up to 10 hours due to traffic and pitstops – oh, those glorious pitstops in the middle of nowhere with home made South African style snacks…

My, my, how can I resist ya?”

We did this almost every year, and as much as these memories warm my heart, I recall the journey being quite tedious at the time. My brother suffered a couple nosebleeds after we’d fight over legroom, my mom would always be shouting at my dad for going too fast because she’s scared of car drives and my dad, well, he’s just impatient in general.

Chiquitita tell me what’s wrong…

The only thing that didn’t cause an argument, was ABBA.

The winner takes it a-a-a-a-all!

Not only did I listen, sing and dance to ABBA growing up, I also own the MAMMA MIA DVD which I’ve probably seen about 20 times, and I went to see the theatre production in 2015.

Lay all your love on me…

I don’t want to share too much about the museum tour, as I’m sure my fellow ABBA fans would love to go and discover it for themselves. A few things I really appreciated were elements of the MAMMA MIA movie set, the interactive dancing/recording stations, the clothes (of course) and the old red telephone which number is only known to the members ABBA – so if it rings, ABBA is calling!

Honey I’m still free, take a chance on me!

I spent about two hours there, but I’m sure it can turn into a whole afternoon activity if you’re with a group of friends who all know a questionable amount of ABBA lyrics (like me).

Super trouper lights are gonna find me, shining like the sun, smiling, having fun, feeling like a number one!”

The ABBA museum is by far my favourite museum of all time. Partly because of how much fun I had there, and also because it brings back so many memories of time spent with the people that’s been in my life the longest, and who will always be there no matter what.

This post is dedicated to my mom, dad and brother: thank you for my childhood, I love and miss you guys so much! PS: My brother and I don’t have nosebleed fights anymore – he’s much bigger than me now!

I can still recall our last summer, I still see it all. Walks along the Seine, laughing in the rain. Our last summer, memories that remain.”

37 thoughts on “ABBA museum in Sweden

  1. Abba wasn’t just pop sensations, if you really listen to just the music they was as good as any classical music masterpiece, then add the words and you have songs that will last for an eternity, simply amazing.

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  2. Your family road trips sounds freakishly similar to how mine were haha!! Although yours seem to have been much, much longer with SA being a much bigger country. I am pleased the trips have turned into lovely memories for you to look back on, and the museum visit was a reminder of good times.

    Great post and lovely photo of the family too!

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    1. Haha even the chickens!? They’re great memories, as am yours I’m sure! Renting a car and driving through the UK has always been a dream of mine. Glad you enjoyed the post – the family photo is from our family holiday in December… doubt that we’ll be able to do it this year 😦

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      1. Oh no not the chickens! That is when it started to differ haha. And you never know, it would be lovely if you could see them in December but if not, fingers crossed for very early next year πŸ™‚

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  3. I had no clue this existed! I too learned of ABBA from a young age and it was a frequent road trip choice for us as well. I’m definitely going to have to remember this place for whenever I eventually visit Sweden. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. There’s so much to do. They have all kinds of museums, from Vikings to alcohol! And it’s hard not to love exploring a city that’s around water, with gothic architecture and cobblestone streets… quite expensive and very cold, but worth it in my opinion! Of course, ABBA takes the cake πŸ˜‰

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  4. I had no idea that there was an ABBA Museum in Stockholm, but then again, it’s not surprising…after all, the band is massively popular worldwide! It’s awesome you got to see your favorite childhood band in another country, and I’m sure it brought back a lot of nostalgia. I also have no doubt you’ve seen the Mamma Mia films and musicals before! Safe travels, wherever they take you next!

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    1. Oh you bet – I’ve seen it all πŸ˜€ They’re all from Sweden, but I also didn’t know about the museum – luckily a friend informed me or else I might have missed it! Thank you, I definitely have a different perspective and approach now that that things have changed… I now enjoy traveling even more than before. Hope to have more stories to share soon x

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    1. Now you’re telling me something I didn’t know! Thanks for the crash course, next time I go somewhere I’d have to hit you up so I can learn something πŸ˜‰ sweet that your best friend is from there. I hope you’re keeping well and staying safe – you know the drill ❀

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  5. ABBA was a huge feature in our household too and I still remember dancing and singing to their songs over our CD player when I was a kid. I was in Stockholm prior to the ABBA museum existing so it is high on my list next time I stop in that part of the world!

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  6. Thank you my dear Nanna for letting me relive all those memories. I was in tears now as I was reading it. I miss you so very much. Love you lots like jelly tots. Mom

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    1. Thanks for reading! What Musical Museums are on your list?
      I’ve heard about Stockholm syndrome but never actually thought to learn more (not even when I went to Stockholm, shame on me!) I’m about to look it up now, thanks for sparking my interest πŸ™‚

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  7. Really interesting choice of main attraction for your visit. As a Swede born after the time of ABBA, we are quite bored of them being mentioned when traveling abroad. Well, living in Stockholm I have only heard this museum being mentioned a handful of times. I usually prefer Skansen or the Wasa Museum the very few times I visit DjurgΓ₯rden. πŸ™‚
    But that is also the joy with traveling, when everyone is interested in different part of a city and come back with completely different stories and memories. πŸ™‚

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  8. Been to ABBA museum, the most memorable experience when I went there was my chance of being the 5th ABBA member… LOL…. Can I share my blog’s url during that visit here?

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