Best Gothenburg Museums To Visit in Sweden

When most people consider visiting Sweden, they think of Stockholm. The country is also home to Gothenburg, a major Swedish city and a hub of art, history and culture. Gothenburg is actually the country’s second largest city. It’s home to about 1 million residents in its metropolitan area, and lies alongside the Kattegat River. Additionally, history lovers will be pleased to know that the city houses lots of interesting museums and galleries, which is exactly what I’m about to list here. Whether you’ve done the whole Stockholm thing and want to visit somewhere different in Sweden, or if you’re just curious about what it has to offer, read on. Here are the very best Gothenburg museums, Sweden.

Streets of Gothenburg. Best Gothenburg Museums
Streets of Gothenburg by Maria Elkind on Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

Top 3 Best Gothenburg Museums in Sweden

Gothenburg Medical History Museum

The site which now houses the Medical History Museum in Gothenburg was founded in 1808. It was first a home, but was donated to be a hospital, and is now one of the oldest original medical museums on the continent. This one of the best Gothenburg museums houses original medical equipment, instruments, furniture, books and photographs dating back to the 18th Century. The exhibits rotate, meaning visitors can see something different each time they go. Definitely worth a visit when in Gothenburg!

Streets of Gothenburg. Best Gothenburg Museums
Streets of Gothenburg by Maria Elkind on Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

Volvo Museum

…Because what would be a trip to Sweden without visiting the Volvo Museum? Full of vintage Volvo cars, this fun-for-all museum is a great place to visit if you’re visiting Gothenburg with children in tow. Car lovers will know that Volvo was the first Swedish car, making its debut in Gothenburg itself back in 1927. The museum houses the world’s fastest hybrid truck, and also a huge Volvo SUV made entirely out of Lego bricks.

Volvo Museum. Best Gothenburg Museums
Volvo Museum by Allen Watkin on Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0


If you’d like to be able to say you’ve visited the world’s largest floating museum, then head over to Maritiman in Gothenburg. This museum is comprised of 19 water vessels in all shapes and sizes. The vessels have been transformed into interactive galleries that demonstrate how fireboats, destroyers, U-boats and mine-layers work. Visitors can also climb aboard Sweden’s military’s former ships, and go below deck onto the Nordkaparen submarine. Maritiman is moored next to Packhuskajen on the Gota River.

Maritiman Maritime centre in Gothenburg. Best Gothenburg Museums
Maritiman Maritime centre in Gothenburg by Heather Cowper on Flickr // CC BY 2.0

About Lauren Davidson

Since 2013, Lauren has been writing for various travel and lifestyle websites. Her first piece of writing was a travel guide on the Algarve region of Portugal, where she lived for over a year. Currently residing in Sheffield, England, she is studying Journalism and has a blog at You can follow her on Twitter at @Lozikinz.

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