The famed rotunda of the Stockholm Public Library (Stadsbiblioteket) in Observatorielunden.

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The main city library is just north of the city centre. Designed by architect Erik Gunnar Asplund and sporting a curvaceous, technicolor reading room, it’s the finest example of Stockholm’s 1920s neoclassicist style.

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1. Strindbergsmuseet

0.34 MILES

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2. Sven-Harrys Konstmuseum

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This ultramodern building houses an art gallery with interesting temporary exhibitions (recently a collection of August Strindberg's paintings, borrowed…

3. Bonniers Konsthall


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4. Sergels Torg

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5. Kulturhuset

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6. Wetterling Gallery

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7. Hallwylska Museet


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8. Dansmuseet

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