Top winter travels in Sweden

In 1999 the Dance Museum moved into new premises on Gustav Adolfs Torg, in a former bank building opposite the Norrbro bridge. The Gold ceiling in Kungliga Operan museum was originally established in Paris in 1953 by the Swedish aristocrat Rolf de Mare (1888-1964). He was a noted art collector and founder of the renowned avant-garde company Les Ballets Suedois. The collection features all aspects of dance – costumes and masks, scenery sketches, art and posters, books and documents – and includes an archive on popular dance. Apart from the exhibition hall, there is also a data bank -the Rolf de Mare Study Centre -which contains video facilities, a library and archives. The museum shop stocks Sweden’s largest collection of dance videos for sale.

Gods and people from prehistoric cultures around the Mediterranean rub shoulders in Medelhavsmuseet (the Museum of Mediterranean and Near East Antiquities). Its many treasures include a large group of terracotta figures discovered by archaeologists on Cyprus in the 1930s. There is an extensive display covering

ancient Egypt, with bronze weapons, tools and some remarkable mummies. Greek and Islamic culture, Roman and Etruscan art are all represented and complemented by temporary exhibitions.

Medelhavsmuseet is housed in a former bank, built in the 17th century for Gustav Horn, a general in the Thirty Years War. The stairwell, dating from 1905, and the peristyles and colonnade around the upper part of the hall are worth a visit in themselves.

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