The Gotland Museum

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Gotland Museum is owned by the association: Friends of the Historical Museum. Our County Museum is thus one of the few in Sweden owned by an association!

The board is the highest controlling body. The Association employs just under 50 full-time staff, who run operations at our five attractions, work in three consultative departments, work with our collections and archives, take care of the Association’s properties, run a publishers and conduct promotional activities.

Director of The Gotland Museum is Susanne Thedéen.


Gotland Museum was established on 22nd May 1875 by The Friends of Gotland’s Historical Museum and was then known as ‘Gotlands Fornsal’ (lit.Gotland’s Hall of Antiquities). ‘Fornsalen’ is the present day name of the cultural historical museum.

The room, today known as the Picture Stone Hall, was taken over in 1880. Today, the Friends of the Historical Museum association own the entire neighbourhood.

Two parents reading to their children.

The Friends of Gotland’s Historical Museum

The Friends of the Historical Musem association is a non-profit organisation with just over 3,000 members. The committee runs the organisation, and convenes about 8 times a year. About 50-60 members attend the AGM, which is held in April. Other interesting activities include the opening of different exhibitions and the annual New Year’s celebrations on New Year’s Day.

Join the Association!

Would you like to become a member of the Friends of the Historical Museum Association? For a small membership fee you will be able to enjoy free admission to all our attractions, our annual publication, Gotländskt Arkiv, often with English summaries, and much much more.

Membership Fees 2016

Individual (from 20 years): 400 SEK

Family: 500 SEK

Life-long member: 8000 SEK

You will enjoy:

  • Free admission to the Historical and Art Museum, as well as the rural farm museums.
  • The annual publication: Gotländskt Arkiv (worth about 300 SEK)
  • 10 % discount in the shops at the Historical and Art Museums, in the Museum’s Café & Eatery, on lectures and guided tours and various cultural events.

You will also become a partner in a museum, which promotes and supports our activities!

Note that we have to charge postage for the annual publication (50 SEK within Sweden and 130 SEK international post). You are welcome to fetch your copy at the museum.

How to Become a Member

You can purchase your membership directly at the museum cash desk. You can also pay your dues into our bankgiro account: 308-0728. Remember to state your name, address, e-mail address and purpose of your payment.

You can also e-mail Agneta Pettersson, who will send you a payment slip.

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A Museum for Everyone!

Irrespective of age, sex, disability, ethnic or cultural background, visitors to the museum will enjoy experiences with opportunities to reflect and create.

Collective Memory

By gathering, making accessible and spreading knowledge of Gotland’s art, natural and cultural heritage, we nurture and preserve communal memories.

Autonomous arena

With art and our natural and cultural heritage as a foundation, we are an autonomous arena for democratic discussions and talks. Our aim is to challenge our ingrained thoughts and principles.

Tourist Attraction

We are Gotland’s most frequently visited attraction and we play a leading role in the tourism industry.

Engaged in Museal Joint Projects

We are a central and proactive participant in museal joint projects on Gotland and in the Baltic Regions.

For Your Sake

We are here for your sake. It is for you, your children and everyone else that we run our operations – whether it concerns building preservation, collecting artefacts or arranging exhibitions.