ArkDes is located on Skeppsholmen island in the centre of Stockholm. You can travel there by public transport, by bicycle or on foot. Welcome!
How to find us
Adress for visitors
Bus no. 65 from in front of Stockholm Central Station directly to Skeppsholmen. The bus stop is called Moderna museet/Arkitekturmuseet.
The closest underground station is Kungsträdgården. From there, it is only a ten minutes walk out to Skeppsholmen.
The Djurgården ferry departs from Slussen with frequent crossings all year round, but not all crossings stop at Skeppsholmen. Notify the personnel onboard that you want to get off at Skeppsholmen! The crossing takes around five minutes.
ArkDes is around a 10-minute walk from Kungsträdgården and around 20 minutes from T-Centralen (the main underground station) or Gamla Stan.
It is easy to cycle to Skeppsholmen. If you do not have your own bicycle, a Stockholm City Bikes station is located right outside the museum. If you have a cycle card, you can pick up and return bicycles here.
New opening hours
From 19 March the collections will be open according to the dates below.
15-18 May, Tuesday to Friday 13.00-17.00
11-14 September, Tuesday to Friday 13.00-17.00
27-30 November, Tuesday to Friday 13.00-17.00
The collections will be open 13 March and 14 March, 13.00–17.00.
Opening hours, public holidays 2018
1 January New Year’s Day: Closed
5 January Eve of Epiphany: 10.00–20.00
6 January Epiphany: 11.00–18.00
30 March Good Friday: 10.00–20.00
31 March Easter Saturday: 11.00–18.00
1 April Easter Sunday: 11.00–18.00
2 April Easter Monday: Closed
30 April (Walpurgis Night): Closed
1 May: 10.00–20.00
10 May Ascension Thursday: 10.00–18.00
19 May Whitsun Eve: 11.00–18.00
20 May Whitsun Day: 11.00–18.00
6 June National Day: 10.00–18.00
22 June Midsummer’s Eve: Closed
23 June Midsummer’s Day: 11.00–18.00
3 November All Saint’s Day: 11.00–18.00
24 December Christmas Eve: Closed
25 December Christmas Day: Closed
26 December Boxing Day: 10.00–18.00
31 December New Year’s Eve: Closed
The library and collections
Closed during the summer: from Midsummer’s Eve up to and including the second week in August
Closed during the Christmas holidays: from and including 23 December to and including the first Monday after Epiphany.
Food and drink
ArkDes Café Blom serves delicious light dishes, baked goods and drinks in an attractive setting. During the summer, the tables outdoors are the perfect oasis in the centre of the city.
Café Blom serves baked goods, hot and cold drinks, salads, grilled sandwiches and other light dishes. The café has a full licence. The café premises can be rented out for parties and other events, for groups between 15 and 60 persons. Café Blom is run by Fiesta Deli & Catering.
You can enjoy a delicious lunch or a cup of coffee with home-baked goods at the Restaurant in Moderna museum, with one of the most beautiful views in Stockholm.
The restaurant serves a buffet lunch on weekdays from 11.00 to 14.00. At the weekends, the popular brunch buffet is served from 11.00 to 17.15. At other times, you can choose between fresh salads, soups, filling sandwiches and delicious home-made cakes. The restaurant is fully licensed.
The restaurant opens one hour after the museum opens and closes one hour before the museum closes. Lunch menu
Packed lunch seating
If you have brought your own packed lunch, there is a seating area on level 1 (at the Moderna Museum) for families and school classes to eat their own lunch.
Welcome to Studio ArkDes! Hang out, build something, read a book or take part in our popular family activities at the weekends. In the Family ArkDes room, both children and adults can explore, play and build.
Dig around among our books for children and young people on architecture and design in our attractive studio. Or try to build an arch using knot timber blocks. Each weekend, we organise activities with different themes. More information is provided in the calendar.
In the yellow house, both young and old can play in different spaces – high, narrow or soft. Take the time to read a book or build a city on ArkDes’ city mat.
Family Sunday: Build high!
Build high towers in our studio! In a family presentation in Architecture in Sweden, you pick up building tips and an insight into how people have tried to build high, stable buildings down the ages.
People have long been striving to be able to build as high as possible. Children and adults are welcome to work together to build high using thin paper tubes and hot-melt adhesive in our studio. Feel free to put whatever you build to the ultimate strength test: by taking it home with you.
Free tickets are available from the information desk when the museum opens. Be in time so you don’t miss the presentation! Limited availability. From age of 4.
ArkDes is all housed on one floor and it is easy to move around our premises.
Parking spaces for the disabled are available outside the main entrance and the waterfront entrance. ArkDes is all on one level.
All the doors open automatically. One exception is the exit door from Café Blom and the door to the tables outdoors. The staff at the museum are more than happy to help you.
There is a ramp to the outdoor tables at Café Blom.
The museum has no obstructive level tresholds.
There is a lift between the entrance from Exercisplan and the waterfront entrance (at the rear of the building). There are disabled toilets with changing table in the auditorium lobby and in Café Blom. The door width is 90 cm. There are also disabled toilets at both entrances.
Wheelchairs are available at both entrances.
Pushchairs for children are available at both entrances.
Folding chairs are available in the exhibition halls.
Hearing loops are available in the Auditorium, Biografen and Aula ArkDes. The reception hearing loop is available from the information desks on levels 2 and 4. Set the hearing device to the “T” loop.
Please feel free to contact us if you feel something is missing or if you have improvements to suggest. We are included in the Frittframapp app, with a simple display of accessibility for the disabled.
Book guided tours
Would you like to learn more about architecture and design with our current exhibitions? Book a guided tour with one of the teachers at ArkDes.
Architecture in Sweden
Why do the buildings around us look like they do? Architecture is a reflection of community spirit, ideologies, power and visions of the future. The permanent exhibition entitled Architecture in Sweden provides an illustration of construction in Sweden over the past millennium. You can book a guided tour of the exhibition all year round.
Guided tours of the collections and library
It is possible to book a guided tour of ArkDes’ library and collections. Feel free to specify your interests and specific topics.
All guided tours last 60 minutes and cost SEK 2,000. A guided tour after 17.00 costs SEK 2,500.
Ralph Erskines Box on Lovön
Ralph and Ruth Erskine’s first home in Sweden is a 20-square-metre house full of ingenious designs. It is possible to book a guided tour of the house, known as Lådan (or box). A tour of Lådan cost SEK
3 500 daytime and SEK 5 000 evenings and weekend.
Special guided tours
Does the information above not answer your questions? We can offer special guided tours for groups who require a specific content. Contact us to discuss different possibilities. We can also organise catering in connection with your guided tour, and you can rent rooms for a meeting and conferences. Renting rooms Contact
Do you want to learn more about Stockholm’s modern architecture or are you primarily interested in old palaces? Join one of ArkDes’ walks.
Hammarby Sjöstad – modern architecture and city planning. A tour of innovative architecture and city planning ideals with views of the sea.
City in change. Stockholm witnessed major changes during the 1950s and 1960s. 40 years later and the city is yet again experiencing change, with the Waterfront, roofing over the railway tracks north of Central station and a new station for commuter trains.
From palace to the Hötorget skyscrapers. An architectural historical tour of Stockholm’s inner city. We study the city’s façades and their designs throughout the ages. The tour starts at Skeppsholmen bridge and goes through the city.
The walks cost SEK 3,500 during daytime and SEK 5,000 in the evenings and at weekends. The walks last around one and a half hours.
Book a tour
Foto: Åke E:son Lindman
Ralph Erskine Lådan (The Box)
Ralph and Ruth Erskine’s first home in Sweden is a 20-square-metre house full of ingenious designs. The house, known as Lådan (or box) was moved to Lovön island in 1989 and is now open to the public.
After moving to Sweden, Ralph Erskine built his family home during the cold winter of 1941-42 in Lissma, south of Stockholm. The 20-square-metre Box, as the house became known, is an example of ingenious design in small spaces, with a focus on function and flexibility.
This is an early example of compact living: a fold-down table transforms into a corner office space, a fold-down bed transforms the living area into a bedroom, and at the centre of it all is the fireplace, providing both warmth and a space to sit together.
The house is considered to be of major interest in terms of construction history, and illustrates architectonic development in Sweden. The building is now located on the island of Lovön, on ground utilised by the National Defence Radio Establishment, and is a copy erected by building contractor Reinhold Gustafsson on the initiative of architectural author Olle Bengtzon.
ArkDes entered into an agreement with the National Defence Radio Establishment in 1993, and has been assigned the task of making Lådan available to the general public. ArkDes organises guided tours, but interested persons who work in the field, such as students, researchers or other professionals, can borrow a key and visit individually.
Before visiting individually, you have to sign a policy document stipulating certain regulations.