Stockholm Police Museum

Stockholm Police Museum

60 SEK


2.3/5 Pros

  • Interesting Collection
  • Good idea: social aspects in the museum Cons

  • Hard to reconcile for non-Swedish speakers
  • Too confusing and too thin

There are quite many museums about civil emergency services. After I visited the amazing National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield and the very nicely done Civil Defense Heritage Gallery in Singapore, I also visited the Stockholm Police Museum (Polismuseet Stockholm) during summer 2019.


Stockholm Police Museum – Location & Admission

The Stockholm Police Museum is located in Museiparken (Museums’ park), which is host to several other museums like the Technical Museum or the Sports Museum. The most common way to reach the place, which is a bit remote East of city center, is the bus 69, which runs every ten minute during normal business hours.

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Adult admission is 60 SEK, roughly 6 Euro. People up to 19 years of age and members of the police enter for free. The museum is included in the Stockholm Pass.


Stockholm Police Museum – The Visit

The museum has two floors, you will typically start on the lower floor. The key information of the museum is provided in English, but practically, the museum is held all in Swedish. There is no translated guidebook or similar for foreign language people.

The museum starts with some historic exhibits like old uniforms, police cars or radios. This part is really quite nicely presented and was finally the area where I spent most of the time.

The second part of the lower floor is more about the modern era. Kids might love to sit in a real police car or play at an interactive screen where you compose police uniforms. There are some testimonials with audio recordings about police work as well. Overall, this part did not catch me too much.

Upper Floor

A major part of the upper floor exhibition is about how the police is interacting with society. The museums thereby shows a quite wide range from dealing with people of different backgrounds up to police press work. The interactions are illustrated by real Swedish Police cases – which I feel fails in a couple of topics.

A small part of the upper floor exhibition is about the crime scene and how to analyse it and find marks.

To me, the most interest part of the upper floor exhibition was about social aspects like segregating people just due to their appearance, religion or any other factors.There are for example also reports about attacks on teachers. The museum tries to raise awareness for this topic and does it quite well – unfortunately, I feel, a police museum is just not the best place to do so (though I see the link, of course).


Stockholm Police Museum – Services

The museum offers basic museum services: there is a cafe-alike area near the entrance. You can also buy some souvenirs around. Overall, that feels sufficient regarding the size of the museum.


Stockholm Police Museum – My View

I don’t speak Swedish, but I do not take into account that only the very basic information about the museum is in English (which is rather unusual in Stockholm). It is a language you can understand quite well by reading anyway. Overall, I am still rather disappointed. The museum has a potential and starts very well – but finally, it is too confusing. Some interesting stuff on the ground floor and the exhibits on the upper floor are promising, but finally, it is too thin. Even if you have the Stockholm Pass and thus have free entry – I guess you will find better options to enjoy yourself.


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