Umeå was Cultural Capital of Europe in 2014. Though that might be a few years ago already, there is still a lot to discover in Umeå. Many of the towns museums are free of charge, so why not try out something new? You might learn something new or find something you like. So here is a list with Top 5 Free museums to visit in Umeå.
- The Museum of Womens History or Kvinnohistoriska museet is located in the Cultural Centre Väven in the city centre, in the same building as the City Library and Folkets Bio. The museum has permanent and temporary exhibitions about gender, history and identity.
- The outdoor Skulpturparken or Sculpture Park has about 200 sculptures on display. The park is in the city area Umedalen and can be visited every day all year round.
- At Västerbottens Museum you can find many interesting things to see and do. The area is also referred to as Gammlia. The park has many typical historic buildings from the province Västerbotten and the northern part of Sweden. The houses are open for visitors during the summer months and during special events, but even when closed it is a lovely area to go for a walk. Many of the houses have information signs in Swedish and English. The area is walking distance from Umeå University.
- Another part of Västerbottens Museum is the exhibition with the photographs made by Sune Jonsson. He was a local photographer, contracted by the museum, who made many pictures of the daily life in the province of Västerbotten. The many black and white pictures show the soul of the people captured through the lens.
- The Bildmuseet or Picture Museum has many see worthy things. First of all the building itself from the award winning architect Henning Larssen. Next, the artwork on display outside the museum. Then, the stunning view over the Ume river from inside the building makes it a perfect spot to watch sunset and sunrise wintertime. Last but not least of all are the temporary exhibitions, which have included works by many world-famous artists. Check out the list of previous exhibitions.