Who knew Stockholm had an art gallery in its subway stations?!! Well, actually I knew about it, but it wasn’t until I took a tour that I realized how cool it was. When I was living in Stockholm 12 years ago, I never really paid much attention to it, and I certainly didn’t know it was a “planned” permanent art exhibition. So…during a recent trip to in Stockholm, I decided to take the Stockholm Metro Art Tour. I ended up visiting a total of 12 subway stations, of which 3 were on the guided tour.
T-Centralen was the first station to exhibit art in 1957. Today, Stockholm Metro has art in more than 90 stations, featuring over 150 artists, in what they like to call “the world’s longest art exhibition.” Though each station has its own identity and vibe, my favorite turned out to be Solna Centrum with its red and green brightly painted cavern walls, wide converging walkways, deep escalators, and it’s conspicuously clean polished floors.
Discover your favorite Stockholm Metro Station; every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 3:00PM (in English). The 1 hour tour covers the history of Stockholm’s subway system and the history of the art work on display. The tour is free with a valid metro ticket. The meeting point is at T-Centralen Metro Station at the SL Center at Sergels torg. This tour serves as a teaser as it only includes 3 to 4 metro stations. However, once equipped with what to look for, and with the handy Metro Art Guide, you are free to explore and tour on your own. All for the price of a valid metro ticket.
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