Bored in Stockholm? Head to the Stockholm Paradox Museum, where reality is turned on its head and logic is thrown out the window!
If you’re looking for a unique and fascinating experience that will challenge your perception of the world, you’ve come to the right place.
Just want tickets? Head this way!
What is the Paradox Museum?
So, what exactly is the Paradox Museum? It’s a museum that showcases a collection of mind-boggling paradoxes from different fields of knowledge, including philosophy, mathematics, physics and more.
The goal of the Paradox Museum is to challenge thinking and stimulate curiosity.
By presenting paradoxes in an interactive and engaging way, the museum inspires visitors to think critically, question assumptions and explore different perspectives.
But the Paradox Museum isn’t just about mind-bending concepts and head-scratching riddles. It’s also a place to have fun and explore.
Is it unique to Stockholm?
No, the Paradox Museum is not unique to Stockholm. There are four locations in total and more are on the way, but the one in Stockholm is mega popular, and is increasingly finding its way onto our readers’ itineraries.
Currently, there are Paradox Museums in Stockholm, Oslo, Barcelona and Miami.
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Where is Stockholm’s Paradox Museum?
The Paradox Museum is at Sergels Torg 20, 111 57 Stockholm, Sweden. It’s right in the centre of the Norrmalm district, which makes it easily accessible by public transport as well as on foot.
If you’re coming from Slussen by public transport, jump on the train going north for one stop and get off at the Hötorget subway station.
Take the south exit from the station, and the museum is just a minute’s walk away. Alternatively, bus #1 stops on Hötorget, 1–2 minutes’ walk away.
How much does it cost?
Standard tickets (aged 18–64) cost SEK 210, or around US$ 20. Children (aged 5–17), students (ID required) and over 65s cost SEK 175 or aroun US$ 16.50. Infants (0–4) are free.
The museum is not included on the Stockholm Go City Pass. To see whether buying the City Pass could save you money while visiting other attractions in Stockholm, read our guide.
The museum is open every day of the week from 10am –7pm (at weekends it closes at 9pm), though the hours do change depending on the time of year, so check the website first.
The last entry is 60 minutes before closing, so make sure you come before that!
What you can expect?
Spanning an impressive 1000 sq m, the museum boasts an astonishing collection of more than 70 optical illusions and experiences that will leave your brain spinning.
The museum is designed with a one-way flow, so visitors follow a set path on their visit, with helpful staff stationed throughout the museum to provide guidance and assistance.
While some experiences are intuitive and easy even for little ones to grasp, others may require a bit more explanation.
Each paradox experience includes a QR code, which, when scanned, reveals a short film that not only showcases the experience but also provides further explanation.
Some of the paradoxes include a spinning tunnel, an upside-down room and a room filled with mirrors!
How long should you allow for a visit?
In order to reduce congestion, visitors are allowed up to 75 minutes to explore the Paradox Museum. However at less busy times, if you need a few minutes more, simply let the staff know.
Is there anywhere to eat at the museum?
The museum itself doesn’t have a café or restaurant, but there are some decent refreshment stops in the surrounding area.
The Paradox Museum is located right in the centre of Norrmalm, which means there are plenty of eating and drinking options nearby.
For some suggestions of local cafés and restaurants, see our guide to Where to eat and drink in Norrmalm and Östermalm.
Is the museum accessible for those with disabilities?
Unfortunately, there is no public lift for those with limited mobility. Therefore, to get down to the subway level where the museum is located, you’ll need to let the staff know in advance.
Just tick the specific box when booking tickets.
Guide dogs are generally welcome at the museum. If you let the staff know in advance, they can help with your visit in the best way.
For people with hearing loss, there is the option of adapting your visit by turning off the music and sound effects.
It’s worth noting for those with enhanced sensibilities that the Paradox Museum has exhibits that spin, have flashing lights and lots of colours.
Tips for making the best of your visit
|Best time to visit the museum||If you can, visit the museum is on a weekday when there’s less chance of big crowds. Ideally, go early in the morning or late afternoon.|
|How to enhance your experience||To get the most out of your visit, you should definitely try out all the paradoxes. If you don’t understand one, ask the staff. They are normally willing to help. We also recommended going in a group to get the most out of the fun illusions. Everything is more fun with good company!|
|Is anywhere unmissable nearby, for people visiting?||The neighbourhood of Norrmalm itself is unmissable. It’s full of charming streets, lots of cafés, and there’s a popular shopping street just around the corner. The museum is also a few blocks away from Kungsträdgården, which is one of Stockholm’s most popular parks. A great place to sit and enjoy the city!|
So is the Paradox Museum actually worth visiting?
If you’re considering whether or not to visit the Paradox Museum, the answer is a resounding yes! It’s a unique and exciting museum that is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories.
So, we say it’s a lot of fun and is well worth a visit.
However, if you have limited time in Stockholm and are looking for a unique experience that captures the essence of the city, you may want to consider other options. This is not a classic ‘Swedish’ experience, and it isn’t really unique to the Swedish capital.
Stockholm is a seriously good-looking city, so if time is limited and the weather is good, you might prefer to be out sightseeing or enjoying its beautiful parks and waterways.
Ultimately, it depends on what you want in a museum experience. If you’re looking for something fun and exciting that will keep you busy for a little while, the Paradox Museum is a great choice.
If you want to delve deeper into Swedish history and culture, other museums may be a better fit.
Stockholm is home to many museums and attractions that offer a glimpse into the history and culture of Sweden, such as the Vasa Museum or the Skansen open-air museum.
For more ideas on what to see and do in Stockholm, see our guide mega guide to over 100 free and cheap things to do in Stockholm.
So, what are you waiting for? Get your tickets to the Paradox Museum today and embark on a mind-bending adventure that you won’t forget any time soon!
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