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Medieval Art

Welcome to a visual walk through the history of art, from the 12th to the 16th century!

Always free admission!

Opening hours Saturday:

11:00 – 17:00

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In service of the Church

Medieval European art existed in the service of the Catholic Church. People’s lives were shaped by Christian doctrine. They would bow the knee before altarpieces, statues of the Virgin Mary and crucifixes, say a prayer and light a candle.


In this exhibition you can see unique objects which were once part of the Catholic ecclesiastical milieu, starting in the 11th century and continuing throughout the medieval period. Sweden was a Catholic country until the 16th century, when it broke with Rome and introduced Lutheran Protestantism. The History Museum began collecting the medieval ecclesiastical heritage at the end of the 19th century.

Welcome to a visual walk through the history of art, from the 12th to the 16th century!

Photo: Katarina Nimmervoll/SHM