Located in an old police station, the museum is like a vast warehouse, with a 10,000-strong booty of local nostalgia spanning a 17th-century clog to kitchen kitsch and a recreated 1930s worker’s cottage. With a focus on memories and feelings, it’s an evocative place where you can plunge into racks of vintage clothes, pull out hidden treasures and learn the individual items' secrets on the digital catalogue.
From Göteborg, catch a Kungsbacka-bound train to Mölndal station, then bus 752 or 756.
One particular highlight is the eclectic collection of chairs, including beautifully crafted pieces from the nearby village of Lindome, one of Sweden’s most historic furniture-making areas. The temporary exhibitions are clever (a circus exhibit will skip from art to brain research and finish up with a bit of history) and the in-house cafe boasts summertime seating right by the rapids. The museum also hires out a brilliant, hand-held computer guide (in Swedish), which leads you through Kvarnbyn’s industrial landscape using a lively mix of historical anecdotes, animation and soundscapes.