In Umeå there are many museums with exciting exhibitions. Here we have listed a selection for you to discover. Museums that are open all year round or you can make a day trip to one of the smaller museums that are open during the summer.


Bildmuseet Umeå

One of the country’s most interesting scenes for international contemporary art. A place where the whole family can enjoy art, exhibitions and events – always free of charge. Besides continuously adding new exhibitions, this beautiful museum building offers a fantastic view of the river and the city. Art books, exhibition catalogues, magazines, posters, postcards and other image souvenirs can be found in the museum shop. 

Current exhibitions:
Eight degrees/Contemporary art on the forest (until January 12 2025).
Elias Crespin/Chronomorphosis (until January 12 2025).
Swedish picture book of the year/Everybody eats everybody (until October 20).
Umeå Academy of fine Arts/After tomorrow at sunrise (until August 18).

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Kvinnohistoriskt museum - The Museum of Women's History
At the Väven cultural centre you can find the Museum of Women’s History – the first of its kind in Sweden. The museum works in a norm critical way which puts women at the center of the narrative. The stories and testimonies shared during #metoo became the start of a movement. The exhibition #metoo is about that movement - but also about the future. The museum shop offers crafts, ceramics, mugs, posters and other fun stuff focusing on beliefs about gender and power, identity and history.
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Current exhibition
Hilarious and dead serious - Swedish feminist comics (until September 28).
In the secret service of the realm - The women in Swedish intelligence service during the second world war (until September 20 2025).

Join a short tour of the exhibitions, every Saturday.
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Kvinnohistoriskt museum

Västerbottens museum

Exhibition: Vera Frisén - Nature pictures

Utställning Vera Frisen

Västerbottens museum
Family-friendly museum with exhibitions and programs on cultural history, art, textiles and photography. At the museum there is a creative workshop for children, a well-stocked museum shop and a cosy café. Here you can also see the world’s oldest ski – older than the pyramids of Egypt. In the museum shop you will find books, locally produced and hand made products, exclusive prints and much more. During the summer there is daily activities at the open-air museum Gammlia. 

Current exhibitions

Vera Frisén (until September 8).
In the horse there was soul and friendship - Sune Jonsson's exhibition where the farm animals in interaction with humans take center stage (until December 31).
On Abortion (until November 3).
Swedish Photo Book Prize (until August 22).
Bothnia Salong - 59 artists' selected works are displayed (from June 6 until September 22).

Permanent exhibitions
Port City of Umeå, Textiles, Building Conservation,
Umeå - Memories and future, Stone, Bronze & Iron.

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Guitars the Museum UmeåGuitars - The Museum

Guitars – The Museum
The brothers Åhdén from Umeå have one of the world’s largest privately owned collections of electric guitars, basses, amplifiers and musical props, all of which make up the basis of an experience-based exhibition. Guidad Tours daily 13:00 & 15:00, pre-book the day before.
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Umedalens skulpturpark
One of Northern Europe’s foremost sculpture collections with some 40 works by artists such as Tony Cragg, Louise Bourgeois, Anthony Gormley, Jaume Plensa and Anish Kapoor. Map to the sculpture park is available in a white box in the park, next to restaurant Bistro Le Garage. GSA Gallery offers guided tours, they must be pre-booked. The park is open all year round, around the clock with free admittance.
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Umedalens skulpturpark sommar

Umedalens skulpturpark