The collections not on display
The museum building is now closed for renovation. Meanwhile, our activities are continuing in other locations, including our temporary exhibition spaces at Konstakademien, the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, and Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, both a mere 10 - 15 minute walk from the original museum building.
Since the exhibition spaces at Konstakademien and Kulturhuset Stadsteatern are limited, we are not able to have the permanent collections on display. Search the collections online or read more about touring exhibitions and collaborations with other museums in Sweden and abroad.
Paintings and sculpture
The Nationalmuseum collections of paintings and sculptures comprise some 16,000 works. Artists such as Rembrandt, Rubens, Goya, Renoir, Degas and Gauguin are represented, as are the Swedish artists Carl Larsson, Ernst Josephson, C F Hill and Anders Zorn. The collection includes art from the late Middle Ages up to the beginning of the 20th century, with the emphasis on Swedish 18th and 19th century painting. Dutch painting from the 17th century is also well represented, and the French 18th century collection is regarded as one of the best in the world.
Design and Applied Arts
The museum's collection of applied art, design and industrial design spans over a long period, from the 14th century to today. It consists of ca. 30,000 objects of which a third are ceramics and thereafter, in order of numbers, textiles, glass, precious and non-precious metals, furniture, books etc.
Form and artistic value are the basic criteria for museum acquisitions. Pieces from Sweden and the other Nordic countries are given priority, but even other countries are represented, especially those that have been significant for design development.
Prints and drawings
The collection of Prints and Drawings comprises about 500 000 items from late mediaeval times up to the year 1900. Central to the collections are in excess of 2000 master drawings that Carl Gustaf Tessin acquired during his tour of duty as Sweden's ambassador to France. Of particular importance are collections of works by Rembrandt, Watteau, Edouard Manet, Johan Tobias Sergel, Carl Larsson, Carl Fredrik Hill and Ernst Josephson.