Exhibitions open today 10 - 20

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Louise Helmfrid

Louise Helmfrid

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ArkDes is located on Skeppsholmen island in the centre of Stockholm. You can travel there by public transport, by bicycle or on foot.

How to find us

Adress for visitors

Exercisplan 4


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.

Timetable for underground, bus
and boat →

By foot

ArkDes is around a 10-minute walk from Kungsträdgården and around 20 minutes from T-Centralen (the main underground station) or Gamla Stan.


The car park is outside the waterfront entrance. Parking spaces for the disabled are outside the main entrance and the waterfront entrance. You can also travel by taxi to both entrances.

Opening hours and admission prices


Telephone: +46-8-520 235 00


Monday: closed
Tuesday: 10 – 20
Wednesday: 10 – 18
Thursday: 10 – 18
Friday: 10 – 20
Saturday: 10 – 18
Sunday: 10 – 18

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The library

Monday: closed
Tuesday–Thursday: 10 – 17
Friday: 10 – 16
Saturday and Sunday: 12 – 16


Research and Collections

Thursdays, every other week at 13-16 (odd weeks). Closed 25th of June until 19th of August.


Café Blom

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 11 – 20
Wednesday: 11 – 17
Thursday: 11 – 17
Friday: 11 – 20
Saturday: 11 – 17
Sunday: 11 – 17

Admission prices

Free admission.

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Food and drink

Café Blom

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.

Café Bloms opening hours


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! 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.

Bird bingo

Until 10 October during the museum’s opening hours

ArkDes summer installation Utomhusverket is a place that welcomes both people and birds and investigates how we can coexist. But which birds can you find around Skeppsholmen? And can you tell the difference between a Mew gull and a Black-headed gull? Challenge yourself and try the bird bingo with family and friends! Suitable for ages 5-11 years.

Free. Bingo card and pen can be picked up at the museum’s info desk.

Book guided tours

Learn more about architecture and design with our current exhibitions. Book a guided tour with one of the curators at ArkDes.

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Foto: Åke E:son Lindman

Foto: Åke E:son Lindman

Ralph Erskine’s Lådan

Ralph and Ruth Erskine’s first home in Sweden is a 20-square-metre house full of ingenious designs. The house, known as Lådan  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.

Policy for visits in Ralph Erskine’s Lådan
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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.

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