The eagerly awaited ABBA the Museum is finally opening in a new building on Djurgården between the Liljevalchs art gallery and the Gröna Lund amusement park. ABBA the Museum will be part of a larger interactive music museum. Swedish Music Hall of Fame has three permanent exhibitions: ABBA The Museum, the History of Swedish Popular Music, and the eponymous Music Hall of Fame.
In addition to the permanent exhibitions, guest curators and music industry representatives will be involved in producing temporary exhibitions. Interactive and experience-based, the exhibitions will include still photos, video clips, and props from legendary concerts and music video productions.
A great deal of space is devoted to contemporary music, with extensive program content, an establishment venue for musicians, live performances in a more intimate format, and unique events linked to current happenings in the music world.
- ABBA is Sweden's most successful music group of all time and the Swedish Music Hall of Fame and ABBA The Museum will become a new reason for ABBA fans all over the world to come to Stockholm, says Peter Lindqvist, president of the Stockholm Visitors Board.
There is huge interest in ABBA, whose record sales top 378 million worldwide. The group has lived on through Benny and Björn's continued musical careers. The stage and screen musical Mamma Mia rekindled worldwide interest in the music - and the fascination just keeps on growing. In May 2012, it was confirmed that ABBA Gold is the third-highest-selling album of all time in the UK. ABBA The Museum will present an integrated view of the group from the time ABBA got together in 1970 and through their breakthrough with Waterloo in 1974 and the massive world tours that followed, all the way to the break-up in 1983.
The 5,000 sq. metre building was designed by Celsing Architects and is being built by contractor and owner Arcona. The building’s exterior is going to display amazing greenery and private terraces. The open piazza will provide a link between the inside and outside during the summer season.
Hotel and restaurant
In addition to the Swedish Music Hall of Fame, the building will be home to a hotel: The Melody Hotel will be a small, boutique hotel where most of the rooms will feature small balconies or terraces. The penthouse and suites on the top floor will all have paved terraces with stunning views over the sea approach to Stockholm. The hotel and restaurant will be run by Claes Livijn, who also runs the Villa Källhagen hotel and restaurant.