Collections – from the 1500s to today
Go exploring among old favorites and newly acquired art treasures. The timeline guides you through the art, the museum, and six centuries.
Join us on a journey through the history of European art. Nationalmuseum's collections comprise more than 700,000 objects dating from the 1500s to today: paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographic portraits, crafts, and design. In the museum you will see a selection of approximately 5,000 of them.
The collections are presented chronologically, and follow an imaginary timeline through the building. This allows you to easily navigate your way through the centuries. Arts, crafts, and design are displayed side by side, providing a deeper understanding and greater perspective on the different eras.
Each era has its own large exhibition hall. Here, we present the main features of the art and the relevant cultural and social influences. The smaller, adjacent rooms provide space for expanding horizons or “deep dives” into the various issues that relate to the time period in question.
We want you to experience as much of our collections as possible, and therefore we will sometimes change which objects are on display. There should almost always be something new to discover!
The Nationalmuseum App
Nationalmuseum Visitor Guide App contains audio guides, facts and inspiration. The best companion during your visit to the museum and a real gold mine for anyone eager to learn more about art and design.
Rent a visitor's guide
For visitors who can't download the app, there is a visitor's guide device to rent, 20 kr. The guide has the same content as the app. Please contact one of the museum hosts on the Entrance floor.
Gallery closures, Tuesday November 26–Friday November 29
The galleries on the middle floor presenting art from 1800–1870 and the theme “Heading for the industrial age” are temporarily closed due to maintenance, Tuesday November 26–Friday November 29.