Statens Historiska museum på Narvavägen i Stockholm Date29 June 2006

The Museum of National Antiques

From 1943, this museum, situated in Stockholm, has been offering great sights to the public. The focus of the museum is on all Swedish antique history. Many archeologically treasures have been collected, as well as objects from many ages of Sweden’s history.

The earliest dated objects can be traced from the Stone Age. There are two floors that comprise the museum, the ground floor is orientated to prehistoric history and the first floor or upper floor focuses on the Middle Ages.

There are many relics on display and one of the most well-known rooms in the museum is called the Gold Room. Before one enters this room which contains much gold, there is an ancient rune carving dated from the year of 1040 at the entrance. The carving apparently shows what happens when one is overcome with greed for gold. The formation of this room began in the early 1990s. The main collection in the Gold Room consists of about 52kgs of gold valuable items and about 200kgs of silver;all dated from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages.

Part of the reason why the Gold Room has such a large collection is due to a specific Swedish law. That law stated that all things made of gold, silver or copper alloys (and over 100 years old) made in Sweden are to be returned to the state of Sweden. The law is implemented to maintain and protect these Swedish antiques. The large display reveals magnificent crowns, multi ringed collars made of gold, among numerous other impressive pieces of jewellery design.

Two circular sections comprise the actual room and it is an underground vault constructed with reinforced concrete (for security reasons). The display cases are also protected by burglar bars. This part of the museum is extremely precious with antiques that were designed with much artistic input.

The museum show cases many exhibitions. A certain section of the museum has a display of a female human skeleton, dated from 5000BC. Another section is the site of the world’s biggest Viking exhibition. Over 4000 artifacts from the Viking Era are based in this museum. Some of the various artifacts from the Viking displays showcase inscriptions in the runic alphabet.

Among the noted star exhibits, is the sculpture named ‘Maria from Viklau’. The sculpture is essentially wood yet gilded generously with gold and colourfully decorated. Various sculptures of pagan gods are also shown.

The textile chamber has various well preserved textiles and embroideries dating from the Middle Ages. Textiles made in other countries may also be found in this exhibit, as they reached Sweden many years ago through trade.

The museum offers visitors a chance to sit down and eat and drink. The local café is currently catered by a company named Sky West. Café Rose Garden serves delightful treats, prepared with a focus on locally and organically grown produce.

The Museum of National Antiques is generally open to the public all week days. Any visitors may apply for a photograph or video permit;this enables someone to capture the great sites for later viewing. However the Gold Room is not allowed to be filmed or photographed by the public.

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