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.
Kvinnohistoriskt Museum Umeå
- 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.
Gammlia outdoor museum
- 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.
Sune Jonsson Museum
- 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.
Looking for a place to eat in Umeå without breaking the bank?
Here are some insider tips:
- Most restaurants offer a good lunch or lunch buffet for about 95 kr. Drinks and coffee included. Check out the restaurants own website or Facebook page to find out what is on the menu, check the signs outside their doors or check the local newspaper where some restaurants post ads or the website: http://mega.vk.se/lunchguiden/
- Every Sunday, apart from the last Sunday of each month, you can eat a vegan meal for 25 SEK at Folkkök at Hamnmagasinet close by from the cultural centre and library at Väven. More info: http://folkkok.se/
- Ikea is a new addition in town. They also have a restaurant where they serve warm meals, some starting from 29 SEK. Check their website to find out more. And remember if you go there on a weekday you also get a free cup of coffee if you are a member of Ikea Family. More info on the Ikea website.
- Something typical for Umeå is “rullpizza”. You buy it at one of the food stalls at the square in the city centre, called Umeå Grillen. Price is 50-60 SEK depending on what kind of pizza you take. But what is it: you order a normal pizza, and then when it is ready they toss some lettuce, sliced tomato, some onions and peppers on top. The finishing touch is salad dressings, spicy sauce and spicy oil. Then it is rolled up, and you eat it as a wrap. Delicious and easy to eat.
Hope you find something you like!
The nature in Sweden is impressive, no matter what you are seeing. Woods, swamps, birds, moose or bears. Some things you can discover on your own. However, when you want to spot some bears in their natural habitat, not just in a zoo, it is best to get some guidance and advice.
So check out Wildlife Lapland. They have a cabin in the woods where the odds are 50/50 to spot a bear in the wild during your overnight stay. An amazing experience which you will remember for years to come.
Visit Umeå 2015
The new Umeå Summer Guide 2015 from Visit Umeå, the town’s tourist agency has just been published. You can read it and dowmload it here. Check it out for som inspiration for your visit to Umeå.
Every year, the open air museum at Gammlia hosts a 2-day Christmas market. It is the highlight of the Christmas season and attracts many visitors each year.
Apart from many market stalls where you can buy local produce and many other great Christmas gifts, you can also go for a walk at the area and enjoy the atmosphere. Snow, sleigh bells, wood fires, and much more to get in the Christmas mood.
Gammlia Christmas Market
The new cultural centre Väven is finally open to the public. In this building people and ideas get weaved together, hence the name Väven. The building hosts:
- the public library with a great view over the river Ume,
- the Kvinnohistoriskt Museum, showing the history of women,
- Folkets Bio with 2 movie theatres showing movies (not the main blockbusters but the small scale productions and cultural projects) twice a day.
Go for a walk on the terrace and enjoy the view…
Väven and Rådhusparken
Why is a small town such as Umeå having a Guitar Museum?
Guitars The Museum
The answer is simple: 2 twin brothers, Samuel and Michael Åhdén from Northern Sweden started their interest in guitars as young boys. As they got older, they started collecting and now they have about 300 guitars and bases. Their collection includes a 1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard, a 1963 Fender Stratocaster, a 1958 Gibson Flying V, and many more unique pieces. All of this is on display at the museum. There are temporary exhibitions and in the same building is a music store, a vintage record store and a restaurant.
Every day you can join in for free guided tours. What more do you need to spend a rainy (or sunny) day learning about and feeling the vibes of music history?
Want to find out more about the museum? Click here.