Södermalm is a very trendy Stockholm’s neighbourhood where you can find a lot of vintage and eclectic shops, art galleries and design stores, mixed with pubs and restaurants. Even if it’s the most densely populated area of Stockholm, you can still find some little red cottages (old working class houses) and summer houses of wealthier families dating from the 18th century here and there.
We didn’t explore that part very much, but I think it could be interesting to take a look around during summer and venture further South. Nevertheless, we visited two museums and our boat-hotel was located in that part as well !
This museum is the centre for contemporary photography in Stockholm and presents a few different exhibitions every 2-3 months. We really appreciated the good presentation of the photographs and we were so lucky to see “Before They Pass Away“, the amazing exhibition from Jimmy Nelson. His work was about making portraits of the world’s remotest tribes… before they pass away. I was speechless. Incredible work, talented photographer.
The Huli (Papua New Guinea) make great effort to impress the enemy with bright colours whereas the Yali (Papua Indonesia), also called “Lords of the Earth”, are still engaged in cannibalism and men only wear a penis gourd (despite living in the mountains). This is fascinating :D
The other exhibits were nice, but not as impressive as the previous one. But it was inspiring…. especially for portraits.
We were there in early morning and we avoided the crowds, as always. The only drawback is the lack of bus stops nearby. If you go to the coffee bar upstairs, you can appreciate stunning views over Stockholm.
Stockholm City Museum
The Stadsmuseet is documenting the history of Stockholm throughout the centuries. The permanent exhibit is taking you through different building styles and architecture all over Stockholm and is very informative. There are also temporary exhibits, and we really appreciated the “The Dark Side – Street crime in Stockholm“. We learned about the street crime, past and present, the dangerous parts of town, but also the development of the law from the Middle Ages until today (especially regarding the prostitution and witchcraft aspect).
It was very strange to see a lot of Swedish people (instead of the usual tourists) visiting the museum. When we visited it, it was free, otherwise, it’s included in the Stockholm Card.