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Exhibitions

The full ABBA experience

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WALK IN. DANCE OUT.

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ABBA The Museum

Permanent exhibition


ABBA The Museum is no ordinary museum. It’s not just about the original costumes, gold records and so many other wonderful items of memorabilia – it’s about you!

Feel what it’s like to be onstage with ABBA, to sing at the famous Polar Studio or to dress up in those legendary costumes (virtual).

There’s so much to experience… you’ll be having the time of your life!

Walk In. Dance Out.

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THE STORY OF ABBA


At ABBA The Museum, the story about Björn, Benny, Frida and Agnetha and their lives starts from the very beginning, when they were kids. What was life like growing up? When did music enter their lives? How did they meet? And how did they come together as the pop group ABBA? Here you can explore all of this and more, while walking in the footsteps of ABBA.

Exact replicas of places where ABBA lived and worked during their career, featuring personal belongings of ABBA and other memorabilia, allow you to experience what it was like to be ABBA.
Want to know more about each ABBA member? Then we highly recommend our Audioguide, where you can listen to the members’ own stories and memories from their amazing career.

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AN INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE


The best way to tell the story of ABBA is to do it both in analogue and digital form!

Technology is constantly evolving and our aim is to be among the best in the world when it comes to interactive music exhibitions. Therefore, we strive to provide the very latest in interactive features and are constantly renewing them to enhance our visitors’ experience.

In the exhibition, you can try on ABBA’s costumes (virtually) in a photo session, sing, play quiz, mix original music and become the fifth member of ABBA by performing on our large hologram stage together with Björn, Benny, Frida and Agnetha.

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Memorabilia


In all possible (and impossible) ways we have searched far and wide for objects from the lives and careers of all four members of ABBA – finding instruments, epic costumes and everything in between. Gifts and letters from fans, original furniture, clothes, private photographs, letters, notes and much, much more, help make all our replicated environments as real as possible.

What’s more, you can see what the real room looked like on photos above these replicas. In the Polar Studio replica, almost everything is original. Benny’s piano, Björn’s guitars, Frida’s and Agnetha’s microphones, note stands and much more. In our Gold Room, you’ll find the members’ spectacular stage outfits, gold records and record covers – all originals!

Being “true to the story” is our keyword when working with ABBA The Museum.

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Explore


Travel back to the moment when it all started. Welcome to the place where Björn and Benny first met: the Folkpark in 1966!

Few places are as strongly connected with ABBA as the Polar Studio. At the museum you will have a unique opportunity to see and feel items such as the mixing desk used at the location where the sound was created.

The big breakthrough! Welcome to Brighton, 1974, where you will experience plenty of unique original items from the victory!

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Experience


Listen to the members’ own stories and memories from their amazing career in the museum Audioguide.

RING RING – ABBA is calling! Only four people in the entire world have the number to our special telephone. If it rings, pick it up, it’s ABBA calling!

Experience the feeling of being the 5th ABBA member and perform on our big hologram-stage together with the four members.

Experience the Stockholm archipelago with breathtaking views and the vibration of the helicopter beneath you. Arrival The Experience is a VR helicopter ride from ABBA The Museum out to the island of Viggsö, where music magic happened!

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SOME MUSIC NEVER DIES - IT MULTIPLIES


Several years after ABBA fell silent, their music is still heard everywhere, and people all over the world sing along with the choruses. New generations listen to ABBA for the first time and fall head over heels in love.

We are proud to present this permanent part of ABBA The Museum where we present the full story.

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NOW THE FULL STORY


In the same playful way as the rest of our exhibition at ABBA The Museum, we are delighted to share the story of what happened after 1982 when Björn, Benny, Frida and Agnetha took a break.

Our focus once again is on interactivities that enhance the story as well as the analogue way of telling it.
Here you can try your hand at conducting a virtual orchestra playing a piece of the music score from Chess, you can sing along with the band members in Benny Andersson’s Orchestra, and – using projection mapping – you can help Donna in “Mamma Mia!” to paint her house before the wedding.

Watch, never-before-seen interviews, as well as a lot of film clips from these previous years, and photos, photos, photos!

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BREAKING UP IS NEVER EASY …


… and we never really broke up. It was a gradual thing. We didn’t say good-bye. It was more like: “Let’s go out there and try the new stuff we’ve been wanting to do for so long and then we’ll get back together again when the time is right.” And we did all that other stuff, but the time somehow never seemed right to get back together again. By the mid-80s we all thought ABBA would fade into oblivion. Little did we I know …

Here, dear visitor, is where the post ABBA journey starts. The flight you’re boarding will take you to London and then out into the world. You will arrive at a fun fair, a regular pleasure ground. Because that’s what it turned out to be. We had the privilege of being able to pursue the thoughts and ideas we had; musical theatre, movies, fiddlers, solo recordings, film music etc. And we enjoyed the rides. Roller coasters driven by the sheer joy of creating new things. That journey hasn’t stopped … yet.

Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson in 2018

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ABBA Voyage: A project that the ABBA members worked on for many years and which initially involved recreating the four members as digital 3D avatars, in order to be able to set up a live concert where everything but ABBA is live.

In the museum’s ABBA Voyage installation there are interviews with Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. Ludvig Andersson and Svana Gisla participate as producers of the project, and last but not least, creative director Ben Morris talks about the huge technical production of the show. Needless to say, the video with the new music is also shown.

The museum’s own contribution to the installation is a loving tribute to the fans who, in the mid-1980s, started a campaign involving letters that were sent to ABBA’s record label Polar. In the letters, fans wrote of their great desire to get one last album, or at least some new songs, “-we’ve been waiting for six years”…!

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TEMPORARY EXHIBITION

Coming soon


An area of ABBA The Museum is specially reserved for temporary exhibitions. Themes for these temporary exhibits are wide ranging – with anything related to music and by extension ABBA naturally being of particular interest to us.

A new temporary exhibition will be revealed at a later date.

Previous temporary exhibitions

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Mamma Mia! Behind The Movie Magic

April 2019 - January 2022


MAMMA MIA! Behind The Movie Magic welcomed you to step in behind the scenes of the MAMMA MIA! movies and was a temporary exhibition that showed all the hard work and magic of movie making.
The exhibition was created in collaboration with the global producer of Mamma Mia!, Judy Craymer and Universal Pictures in Los Angeles, ABBA The Museum has received access to props and film clips never before shown in Sweden.

The exhibition showed props, costumes including Meryl Streep’s famous dungarees, Stellan Skarsgård’s disco outfit and Lily James’s jeans, drawings and more from behind and in front of the camera.

Creative Director and Curator Ingmarie Halling in 2019:
– “This exhibition is the only official in the world in its kind. Sanctioned by copyright owners. It’s unique to show how something really was, just as we always do at ABBA The Museum. We tell you how the films were made and how the recording worked out. Everything from quotes from the film photographers to Lilly James Instagram posts during the recording period.”

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Guitars Of The Stars

January 2018 - February 2019


ABBAs long time friend, sound engineer on the tours, musician, producer and DJ, Claes af Geijerstam (aka Clabbe) is a true collector of exquisite signature guitars since many years.
He showcased his unique collection of more than 40 signature guitars in this temporary exhibition.

You don’t need to be a guitar nerd to appreciate the beauty of these spectacular instruments. The power of attraction of guitars lies in the stellar craftsmanship, design and sound. And when you add a backstory, that’s when things get really exciting.

Claes af Geijerstam, Collector/Guest Curator för Guitars Of The Stars in 2018:
– “A real rock band always has at least one guitarist, who usually becomes the band’s main representative – The Guitar Hero. For the fans, it is interesting to know which instrument the guitarist chose to create his, and the band’s, very own sound. Guitars Of The Stars consists of a nice mix of music and magic with several signature guitars belonging to the absolute greatest rock and blues legends. It is with joy and pride that I welcome everyone to view my musical treasure at ABBA The Museum.”

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Good Evening Europe

May 2016 - January 2018


The interactive ”GOOD EVENING EUROPE!” exhibition celebrated the history of the world’s longest running annual television competition that was first held in 1956; The Eurovision Song Contest.
The exhibition was created in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union and was initiated by ABBA’s Björn Ulvaeus together with the EBU’s Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand.

The visitors were able, for the first time, to delve into hundreds of hours of Eurovision Song Contest Shows. Every existing Contest had been digitalized and displayed in a fun, TV-like setting for visitors to access. From the first winner, Switzerland’s Lys Assia in 1956 to Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw in 2015, visitors could immerse themselves in 60 years of great performances, nail-biting moments and classic television moments.

After the final that was held in Stockholm in 2016, the winner Jamala from Ukraine lent out her dress to the exhibition that was on display until the last day in January 2018.

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Foundation


The aim of the Foundation ABBA The Museum is to preserve and publicly display and through other means make objects of all kinds available, related to the music group ABBA and to Swedish music life.
The purpose of the foundation is to receive and administer donations of objects that are relevant for the foundation’s purpose.

The foundation accepts money contributions in order to, when an opportunity occurs, buy objects that are available for sale on the market.

In the future, the foundation will contribute to make submitted theses, scanned newspaper clippings etc. publicly available as working materials for students, scientists, or media (via login).

Contact the ABBA The Museum Foundation on: foundation@abbathemuseum.com

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