As long as I can remember I heard ABBA. Growing up in Europe in 70s and early 80s it was impossible not to. One of the most prolific and popular European Pop bands at that time. They were always on the radio and recently thanks to the musical Dancing Queen revived again. Their music put Sweden on the musical map of the world. Both as a kid and as an adult I liked their music. Kat teases me for that but it’s all in the spirit of fun.
That morning a combination of metro and a tram dropped us of at the entrance. Even thou there is a big sign that says ABBA Museum it is actually Swedish Music Hall of Fame. Right by the entrance there is your first photo opportunity. A life-size head in the hole image of the band in their glory days. You can swap your face with any of the stars.
Upon entrance we were greeted by few employees. I must say that people in Sweden are super nice and not just here in the museum. Anywhere we went there someone said hello and someone always willing to help. Anyway we purchased our tickets right there for about 250 SEK (about $30) each. Little pricey but than again it’s Sweden ….. everything is little pricey here. After collecting our tickets at a little gate a young man directed us first to the coat room with lockers and hangers so you don’t have to lug around bags or jackets.
At the bottom of a half spiral staircase there is the totally 70s disco entrance facing small stage where I guess if you up to it you can make your acceptance speech. We like to goof around so we both got up there. Kat made a wonderful Grammy acceptance speech followed by her perfected Joan Jett pose mean time I just stood there like a deer in the headlights. Speaking of lights I had to have a picture next to large lighted ABBA sign in the hallway to the next room.
There was a room where they were projecting a short film from their concert. Next we entered room that was dedicated to their memorabilia and history of their single musical careers before they came together to form ABBA. A video of them wining Eurovision 74 song contest is replaying on a small 70s TV. Polar studios recording room where lots of their music was created in later years was on display too. Their instruments including Bjorn’s guitar and Benny’s piano. Speaking of piano, there is an electric piano here that is hooked up electronically to the Piano at Benny’s residence so when it plays here it means he is playing his at home.
Another great prop is a scene from their Arrival album cover where by sitting in the small helicopter a picture in a right angle recreates image of that album cover. Wax statue of the band looks great so do the large bubble head caricatures. One room was dedicated to the costumes worn by them on stage and in the videos. As we are all aware mid 70s to mid 80s were all about flashy, glitter and sparkle.
Thank You For The Music
Thank you for the music is a title to one of their songs but it’s actually us that are thankful. Museum is time well spent. It is interactive too and one thing I regret is not getting up on stage with the hologram band and making a fool of myself performing one of their songs. Somehow I get the feeling that Kat would make that video go viral and i’d have to face the consequences. We have seen one girl do it and it looked great.
One interesting fact I learned from their music hall of fame is that the 80s duo Roxette was from Sweden too. Back in the 80s they had number one hits like ‘Listen to Your Heart’ and ‘It Must Have Been Love’. I did not see Ace of Base there but perhaps it was not their time yet.
In conclusion I loved it and recommend it to others and next time I visit Stockholm I will be going there again.
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