Ikea Is Opening a Museum (in Sweden)
The ultimate destination for mega fans of the retailer.
If you like getting lost in the maze that is Ikea, then you’ll love wandering around the Ikea Museum, set to open on June 30 in Älmhult, Sweden. It’s located in the building that was once the first Ikea store, which opened in 1958 and closed in 2012.
The museum features a main exhibition that looks at the retailer’s beginnings and its story over the years. It also features stories from consumers and how they use Ikea products in their everyday lives. Visitors will see how Ikea design has changed over time—you can take a peek at what rooms looked like in the 70s, 80s, and 90s with Ikea furniture, and browse the covers of the iconic catalogs throughout the years. Super fans can even put themselves on the cover of this year’s catalog.
In addition to the main space, a temporary exhibition will be updated twice a year—the current one features five contemporary kitchens created by designers, architects, and design students. There’s also a store where visitors can snag products they can’t find anywhere else and reissues of discontinued pieces. And of course, like in the stores, there’s a restaurant, which, according to Ikea’s website, “is based on our famous meatballs, but with a new modern take.”
Admission prices are 60 SEK for adults (around $7.27), 40 SEK for children 6-17 years old (around $4.85), and free for children 5 and under. A family of two adults and up to 4 children can pay a special rate of 160 SEK (around $19.39). It’s open daily from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M., and guided tours are also available to book in advance.
Take a look at some images from the museum below: