Southern Sweden´s largest museum is located on Malmöhusvägen in the heart of Malmö in a beautiful park-like setting surrounded by canals.
At Malmö Museer you can see everything from the Nordic region´s oldest surviving Renaissance castle to a real submarine and meat-eating piranhas. The museum´s permanent exhibitions focus on history, natural history, technology and seafaring. There are also about a dozen temporary exhibitions every year.
Malmö Museer is responsible for preservation of the cultural environment and has extensive collections, including those of textiles and photography.
Public tours of the U3 submarine
Tuesdays & Sundays year around, 1—4 pm.
Former crew members of the U3 talk about life on board.
Guided tours of the Malmöhus Castle
29 June—11 August 2013, Saturdays and Sundays, 2 pm. In English.
Malmöhus was originally a minor citadel whose construction was ordered in 1434 by Erik of Pomerania, king of the Kalmar Union which brought Norway, Sweden and Denmark together under a single monarch. In the 16th century King Christian III of Denmark and Norway rebuilt the citadel to create a modern defensive fortress, an imposing castle and the home of the Governors of Malmöhus County.
This is where Denmark´s money was coined in the Middle Ages, where Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark held wild parties in the 16th century and where prisoners were decapitated in the castle courtyard during the 19th century when the castle served as a prison. Today Malmöhus has been restored in the spirit of the 16th century and forms part of Malmö Museer. The castle is part of Sweden´s cultural heritage and is managed by the National Property Board.
The castle presents historical exhibitions. By Order of the King is an exhibition about the 17th-century wars over Skåne and how Skåne became Swedish in 1658. Power over People depicts the history of Malmöhus Castle over the past 300 years.
The aquarium is a popular department and features everything from southern Swedish fish and frogs to green python snakes and electric eels.
The exhibition Colour, Form, and Function presents the ingenuity of nature and animals. Set off an earthquake and see a life-sized reconstructed dinosaur in The Making of Skåne, an exhibition about Skåne´s geology and the background of the present-day landscape.
Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Malmo Museer have a large archaeological collection that reflects the region's development from the Ice Age to the Renaissance. Work is currently underway on the new permanent exhibition Your History, which will display objects from recent years´ excavations in Malmö. The exhibition will open in 2015.
The exhibition The City of All Times describes Malmö´s development from the 1850s to today. For a long time Malmö was one of Sweden´s biggest industrial cities. But the city was not only factories and work. There was also room for nostalgia, a delight in making discoveries, and visions for the future. In the Spegeln film viewing room visitors can watch films about Malmö from different eras.
Impressions — Linnaeus, Science and the Printed Word gives glimpses of the 1700s´ thirst for knowledge and order, but above all the sense of wonder people felt about nature.
Join us on a journey through history from the early 1900s into our own future! The exhibition Vehicles of the Future will give you insights into how people have historically felt about the future, with a sustainable perspective.
Why was the Renaissance man Tycho Brahe so famous? Meet the world's best-known inhabitant of Skåne and product of the Age of Liberty, Marten Triewald, in the exhibition The Heavens and the Earth.
Muscles and Motors tells of the time when hand- and horse-powered machines were replaced by engines that ran on steam, electricity, gas, oil and petrol. The exhibition presents the museum's largest and most spectacular objects.
Toothpicks and a baking spit for pyramid cakes, pacemakers and nanotechnology. These are some of the 32 inventions from Skåne presented in Smart!
The building also houses exhibitions on shipping, aviation and engines, and you can crawl into a real submarine! If you like to experiment, the Ideas Planet is an obvious favourite. In the Boat Playroom all children are invited to play with and experience ships from various time periods plus beautiful objects from our collections.
The Governor´s House contains The Room for Photography, Malmö Museer´s permanent exhibition room for photography. Here, photography is exhibited and discussed in exhibitions, seminars and workshops.
The museum is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, 1 May, Midsummer's Eve, Midsummer's Day.