Apparently ‘the only match museum in the world’, Tändsticksmuseet, in an old match factory, deals with this practical Swedish invention. It’s quite an eye-opener: the industry was initially based on cheap child labour, workers frequently suffered from repulsive ‘phossy jaw’, and it was common knowledge that phosphorus matches were good for ‘speeding up inheritance and inducing abortions’.

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Nearby Småland attractions

1. Radio Museum

0.05 MILES

Located on Tändstickgrand, the Radio Museum boasts over 1000 retro radio sets and related memorabilia. The museum has a real 'step back in time' feel with…

2. Jönköpings Läns Museum


Visiting and permanent exhibitions cover local history and contemporary culture, but the best reason for coming here is to see the haunting fantasy works…

3. Upptech

0.98 MILES

Jönköping's science museum makes for an interesting and fun day out for inquisitive adults, though it's definitely geared towards the younger generation…

4. Smedbyn i Huskvarna

4.58 MILES

This atmospheric little lane of Falu-red houses converted into primarily private galleries and craft boutiques, all selling their wares, makes for an…

5. Husqvarna Fabriksmuseum

4.65 MILES

Square-jawed men going hunting while their wives snuggle up to sewing machines: the Husqvarna Fabriksmuseum conjures up a vivid 1950s world and while that…

6. Grenna Polkagriskokeri

19.96 MILES

Several sweet-makers in Gränna have kitchens where you can watch the town’s trademark red-and-white peppermint polkagris (rock candy) being made, but this…