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21.05.2020

ABBA: The Museum

ABBA The Museum is a Swedish interactive exhibition about the pop band ABBA that opened in Stockholm, Sweden in May 2013. ABBA's collected works are showcased in a contemporary, interactive setting at Djurgården, Stockholm.

ABBA The Museum is, despite its name, not a museum because it has no collections, does not conduct research and is for-profit. It is not a member of either Swedish ICOM or Riksförbundet Sveriges museer.

Plans for a dedicated to an ABBA exhibition in Stockholm, inspired by the Beatles museum in Liverpool, England, were first announced by founders Ulf Westman and Ewa Wigenheim-Westman in 2006. The exhibition was expected to open in 2008. Organizers estimated it would draw half a million visitors annually. The exhibition was to be located in the former main customs building in Stockholm harbor. After several years of financial issues the project was abandoned in 2009, and the building was instead set to hold a new contemporary photography exhibition, called Fotografiska.

New plans for a permanent ABBA exhibition were announced on 3 October 2012. The exhibition in Stockholm, called "ABBA The Museum", is the permanent home for the traveling ABBAWORLD exhibit that toured Europe and Australia in 2009-2011, and houses stage costumes donated by the band members. There are also several interactive audio and video stations that allow visitors to perform the band's music. The exhibition is located in a building near the Gröna Lund theme park on the island of Djurgården.

The following exhibits include:

  • Benny's Piano - A self-playing piano which is linked to Benny's own piano in his home, so plays when he does.
  • Waterloo - A section, made out to look like Brighton in at the time of the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest has a collection of many items from that fateful event.
  • The Polar Studio - A recreation of the studio in which ABBA recorded most of their later music, you can see many items used in the studio.
  • The Folkpark - The recreation of the site ABBA first met.
  • Audio Guides - An Audio Guided tour, written by Catherine Johnson, the writer of the screenplay for Mamma Mia!
  • Ring Ring - A special phone that only the four members of ABBA know the number to.

 

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