Expect something spectacular! The New Nationalmuseum at Blasieholmen opens again October 13 2018. After five years closed, we wish you a warm welcome to a whole new museum experience. The renovation is finished and we are currently working on the displays and exhibitions.
What will the New Nationalmuseum be like?
The renovation project has created a modern museum environment that is better for both the art, the exhibitions and for visitors. The New Nationalmuseum will be an open, visitor-friendly place where art can be experienced on both a large and a small scale – while preserving the integrity of the museum’s architectural heritage.
A better museum environment - with even more art
The New Nationalmuseum will open October 13 2018. The long-awaited climate control system will enable us to present the museum’s collections in an integrated way, crossing the boundaries between artistic disciplines. We will be able to exhibit paintings and other works that are more climate-sensitive, such as drawings and graphic art, alongside applied art and design. This will enhance the visitor experience by tying together multiple stories. It will also allow us to put more artworks on display.
Better for the art, better for the visitor
Thanks to the relocation of behind-the-scenes activities such as administration and storage, the New Nationalmuseum will have more public space for exhibits and visitor amenities. By opening up both courtyards for use as multifunctional spaces, we can also improve the logistics of the main floor. The building will have multiple entrances and exits, as required by the fire code, which determines the maximum number of visitors that can be accommodated at any time – a number that is likely to increase.
Background on the renovations
Built in 1866, the Nationalmuseum building is over 150 years old. For decades, the building has been constantly repurposed and adapted to the museum’s changing and growing requirements. One layer of modifications has been piled on top of another. However, the building had never been thoroughly renovated and did not meet today’s accepted international standards in terms of safety, climate control, fire safety, working environment and logistics. The renovations has brought the building up to modern operational and regulatory standards.
Key features of the renovation project
Technical innovations have made it possible to reinstate bricked-up windows to let in natural light. Specially developed technology will ensure that no artworks are damaged. A state-of-the-art climate control system will be installed, improving the environment for artworks, visitors and staff.
The public spaces will be expanded considerably, adding about 2,300 square metres. Both courtyards, which currently house the auditorium and the restaurant, will be turned into public spaces housing visitor amenities and some exhibits. A new layout and security technology will enable us to keep the museum’s lower level open in the evenings independently of the rest of the building.