Dancing at ABBA – The Museum

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A museum where you spontaneously start dancing when you go in, where you almost all the time want to sing and where you’re still humming when you come out, that can only be: ABBA – The Museum! The opening of this museum about ABBA was the deciding factor for me, a few years ago, to go on a city trip to Stockholm.

ABBA – The Museum is, apart from the Vasa Museum, one of my favourite museums. It will come as no surprise that I already went to ABBA – The Museum several times 🙂

Thank ABBA for the music!
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There’s something about the music of ABBA. Somehow their music always gets me in a good mood. Björn and Benny were very advanced for their time. They were the first ones to record the different music lines multiple times and then mix it. Even in today’s music you still hear influences of ABBA. And let’s be honest, most of their repertoire sounds contemporary! (Or I’m not entirely objective here?) They also came as one of the first with the concept of the music video because the ladies would rather not travel so often.

ABBA – The Museum tells the story of the four well-known Swedes: how they met, how they started to collaborate, the story of their careers,… Suddenly you are in the Polar Studio and even in their summer house.

Guided by ABBA

During my last visit to the museum, I picked the Swedish audio guide. It was the first time I visited the museum with an audioguide and it added a whole new dimension. The great thing with having the audioguide in Swedish is that you literally are guided around by the four members of ABBA! Björn, Benny, Agnetha and Frida give you a look on how it was to be part of ABBA. A unique way of getting a look behind the scenes!

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Ever wanted to be part of ABBA? In the museum you get the chance to dance along with the ABBA members. You can even audition and sing a piece of your favourite ABBA song. By scanning your ticket at these locations you afterwards can download the video and/or audio recordings.

The red telephone
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Somewhere in the museum you will find the red phone. It is the phone from ‘Ring Ring’. If you have the luck that the phone rings while you’re there, be sure to answer! The only people who know the phone number are in fact Benny, Björn, Agnetha and Frida. Before you know it you will be talking with one of the ABBA members. It is not clear how many times the phone has rang so far.

Good evening Europe!

When I was there for the second time (July 2016) Sweden had just organized the Eurovision Song Contest. This was a great opportunity to put the 6 Swedish winners of the contest in the spotlight at ABBA – The Museum. What is/was there to see? Amongst others: the outfits of the six Swedish winners. Who remembers the pink suit that ‘Take me to your Heaven’ Charlotte Nilsson was wearing? And of course the tight leather pants of Måns Zelmerlöw are on display! His trophy was on display there as well.

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To a Eurovision enthusiast as I, this was definitely added value. Unfortunately, it is a temporary exhibition and from their website I could not make up for how long the exhibition still runs. The outfits of Waterloo are part of the permanent exhibition.
UPDATE: When I went back in May 2017, most parts of the Eurovision exhibition (like Celine Dion and Elton John their Eurovision dresses) were still there!

Practical

For the opening hours and admission fees, I advise you to check their website. To avoid busy peak times, they work with tickets that are valid for a given time slot.

I recommend you buy tickets in advance online. That way you avoid 20 SEK service charge per ticket. Please notice the whole museum is cashless and you can only pay by card (at the souvenir shop, the entrance, the restaurant,…).

Buy your tickets now!

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