A room with torn up floorboards.
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A ripped up floor on the museum's second floor. Credit: Urban Jörén
A women speaking beside a large screen.
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Museum director general Susanna Pettersson welcoming visitors this week. Credit: Frank Radosevich/Radio Sweden
Paintings hanging in a museum.
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A scene from one of the second-floor galleries at the museum. Credit: Frank Radosevich/Radio Sweden

National Museum to open after five years

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It's taken five years, cost SEK 1.2 billion and required tons after tons of building materials. But the National Museum in Stockholm is finally nearing the end of its comprehensive renovations.

Closed to the public since 2013, the museum serves as the national gallery for Sweden and houses European paintings, drawings and sculptures from the Middle Ages up to modern times.

The extensive renovations were the first of their kind since the museum opened in 1866. 

Radio Sweden got a sneak peek at the renovation and spoke with institution's Director General Susanna Pettersson and Josefin Larsson, one of the architects commissioned to oversee the rebuild. 

The museum will open on Saturday, October 13, and admission is free.

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