Top choice in Gothenburg

Home to Gothenburg’s premier art collection, Konstmuseum traverses the Renaissance to the present day, with works by the French impressionists, Rubens, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Picasso. Scandinavian masters such as Bruno Liljefors, Edvard Munch, Anders Zorn and Carl Larsson have pride of place in the Fürstenburg Galleries, with other highlights including a superb sculpture hall and the Hasselblad Center, the latter home to rotating photography exhibitions featuring both Nordic and global artists.

The unveiling of the bronze Poseidon fountain at the front scandalised Gothenburg’s strait-laced citizens, who insisted on drastic penile-reduction surgery.

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1. Galleri Thomassen

0.26 MILES

Showcases up-and-coming talent in its Lilla Galleriet and contemporary art from all over Scandinavia as well as Berlin.

2. Universeum


In what is arguably the best museum for kids in Sweden, you find yourself in the midst of a humid rainforest, complete with trickling water, tropical…

3. Liseberg

0.36 MILES

The attractions of Liseberg, Scandinavia's largest amusement park, are many and varied. Adrenalin blasts include the venerable wooden roller coaster…

4. Röhsska Museet

0.36 MILES

This art and design museum is currently closed, awaiting various decisions about how it's run. At the time of research its future was still unclear; check…

5. Världskulturmuseet

0.36 MILES

In a striking building by London-based architects Cécile Brisac and Edgar Gonzalez, the Världskulturmuseet sees ethnography, art and global politics…

6. Galleri Nils Åberg

0.51 MILES

This gallery shows works by fresh, young Scandinavian artists alongside established contemporary pieces by the likes of Picasso and Joan Miró.

7. Galleri Ferm

0.53 MILES

Constant surprises, mainly from Scandinavian artists such as Per Cederbank, Emil Olsson and Yrjö Edelmann, plus works by internationally renowned…

8. Trädgårdsföreningen

0.65 MILES

Laid out in 1842, the lush Trädgårdsföreningen is a large protected area off Nya Allén. Full of flowers and tiny cafes, it’s popular for lunchtime…