Djurgarden and Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet

Djurgården is located on an island to the east of Gamla Stan. That island also has Skansen (the open air museum), the Vasa Museum, Nordic Museum and some other stuff. We decided to just go for a walk around there and see what there was to see.

We took bus 69 from Sergels Torg at T Centralen and got off near the 2nd bridge to the island.

Flotilla of ducks

Flotilla of ducks

So cute, a whole family of ducks swimming down the river. They stopped near the bridge then swam back in the opposite direction.

It was a beautiful day, but very cold as we started walking along the path back to the museums. There were a few mothers pushing prams, with their babies wrapped up snugly. There were also quite a few joggers out running in the cold morning. Here’s a picture of some trees we walked by. The tower behind  the trees is some sort of TV tower viewing tower. You can pay to go up to get a good view of Stockholm.

Bare trees on Djurgarden

Bare trees on Djurgarden

The hand warmer I opened up didn’t help at all. It wasn’t warm enough to bring relief to frozen fingers. When we reached the end of the island, we saw the Biology Museum and entered it, hoping to hide for a while from the cold in the entrance hall. It looked like a large impressive building and we thought we could get in and stay awhile in the warmth without being noticed.

Biology Museum

Biology Museum

Unfortunately, the museum was nearly totally deserted. There was a small family ahead of us, but after they went in the counter staff looked at us and greeted us, so we were too embarassed to walk away. After asking the price (30 kr) and what there is to see inside (stuffed animals in beautiful landscapes), we decided to pay and go take a look.

It was quite a disappointment actually. There were 2 small displays on the first floor. As promised, it consisted of stuffed animals in beautiful and natural looking landscapes, but it was small. I guess the display took up more space than we realised. However, some of the pictures do make me look like an expert wildlife photographer, haha.

Birds building a nest

Birds building a nest

After warming ourselves up and visiting the toilet, we asked the staff member for directions to a good restaurant. Might as well make use of some local knowledge. She recommended a cheap (by their standards) and good restaurant just a short walk away.

For about 120+ kr, we got to try some Swedish food. It tasted really good. Sorry the pictures aren’t with me. When we took pics of the food with a point and shoot camera, the lady opposite us looked on in amusement. She then asked us where we’re from etc etc and kindly explained to us what we were eating. I had already asked a kind person to translate the menu for us by reading it in english, but we weren’t sure what the various things on the plates were. However, it tasted very nice.

It was my first time eating large slices of onion, so I wasn’t sure that it was onion. Thus the lady was under the impression that there are no onions in my country and asked me about it, haha.

After a very nice lunch, we headed off to Fjällgatan at Sodermalm cause I had seen a beautiful sunset picture on Google Earth from that location the day before and so wanted to check it out. Sunset was a bit too early and we couldn’t really see it but the sky colour was still nice and we got to see Gamla Stan from a different perspective.

Gamla Stan from Fjällgatan

Gamla Stan from Fjällgatan

That was all the sightseeing we managed to do before the sun set and we returned to Lappis.

The next day, we decided to check out the Naturhistorika Riksmuseet (Natural History Museum). We always pass it in the bus from Universitetet to Lappis and so decided to see what it’s about. Before we went, we had lunch at Professorn at Lappis. It’s a little restaurant which is usually quite empty but sells pizzas for 55 kr. If you go at lunch, you also get a free flow of bread, pizza salad, a drink and coffee/tea. Very worth it for the size of the pizza.

Pizza!!

Pizza!!

The museum is having a special exhibition regarding homosexuality in the animal kingdom. It gave examples of homosexual behaviour among animals. Apparently it’s quite common. This picture shows the size of a whale’s reproductive organs.

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This museum has lots of stuffed animals in natural looking poses too. The big and most useful difference is that there are many touch screen LCD panels near the displays. These LCD panels contain explanations of what we’re seeing in both Swedish and English. They give the name of the animal and it’s behaviour. This way, the exhibits really came to life and we learnt a lot about how animals and their natural environment. Once again, I look like a really pro wildlife photographer.

Bird cathing a butterfly

Bird catching a butterfly

What an incredible achievement, getting such a close up of a bird catching a butterfly. It certainly helps that both were just static models, haha 😛

Hoarding

Hoarding

Here’s a display of how some animals survive in winter. They hoard food. There’s also a type of bird whose name I can’t remember which can bury a few thousand nuts in many different locations and remember nearly all of them.

Roof of Museum Ceiling

Roof of Museum

Here’s a picture of the roof of the museum. The buildings here are really very nice. I think they look better than those outrageous modern designs.

Naturhistorika Riksmuseet

Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet

The facade of the museum. Very impressive looking.

It's wearing tiny glasses!

It's wearing tiny glasses!

This was somewhere in the human body exhibit. It was something about vision. However, this part didn’t have electronic screens with english translations so we couldn’t figure out what was going on.

Antartic Exhibit

Antarctic Exhibit

I think this was the Antarctic exhibit. At any rate it was showcasing the life of animals near the poles, where the weather is much colder.

Collection of stuffed birds

Collection of stuffed birds

The museum also has a large number of stuffed animals and they’re still collecting more specimens for research. They also have rocks and stuff like that.

T rex leg

T rex leg

This exhibition hall is about the history of the earth. How can the dinosaurs be missing in an exhibit like this? Here you see the leg structure of a dinosaur, and a skeleton in the background.

The natural history museum is definitely worth visiting if you’re interested to learn more about nature and how animals live. Most of the displays have english translations and there are some interactive exhibits to play with. It might sound boring, but animal behaviour can be a fascinating topic.

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One Response to “Djurgarden and Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet”

  1. ooo.. the duck one is nice =]

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