A Visit to ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, Sweden

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Dan and I pose as ABBA in front of the Museum. Cheeky fun. Photo by random passerby.

There’s a lot of highbrow stuff a person can do while in Scandinavia.

The architecture! The history! The arts!

But as long as ABBA The Museum exists, thankfully, we have an out.

At ABBA The Museum, visitors will learn about how ABBA got their start (as the surprise winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974!); how they recorded their Eurovision-winning hit, Waterloo, in English, French, German and Swedish; how they rose to fame, dressed fabulously, and then vanished from the scene after 10 years of success.

ABBA The Museum is, to be honest, better than it needs to be. And it’s quite different than your classic museum experience; visitors actually get the chance to interact with exhibits by singing, dancing, sound mixing, and even performing on stage with the band.

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Life-sized wax figures at ABBA The Museum. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

On a recent visit to Stockholm, Sweden, a fellow traveler and I giddily made fools of ourselves while doing all of the above. My word of advice: leave the ego at home, and you’ll have a great time.

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Charming travel companion, Dan, rocks out with the ladies of ABBA at ABBA The Museum. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

At my age, I’m long over all the work it takes to appear to be good at everything. Thankfully, ABBA The Museum provides evidence to help you share your shame.

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The eye-catching light board as you enter ABBA The Museum. Photo by Dan Crisp.

For example. you can dance in computer-generated ABBA costumes while having your photo snapped! These are my real moves, people.

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Prior to the ABBA museum, I *thought* I could sing ABBA. It wasn’t until I was in the recording studio, with only a mere curtain between myself and other museum visitors, that I found it’s way out of my range. Why, oh why, does it seem so easy to sing at top volume in the car?

And I must confess, I actually thought of myself as someone with a sense of rhythm. Someone with moves. Someone who had wowed audiences in questionable scenes around the world with my dancing.

Check out this video to see how I did in my one shot at dancing on stage with computer-generated ABBA.

In my defense, there was no rehearsal and the members of ABBA were holograms, so I was trying to mimic the band’s moves on the fly. But, still.

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Dan takes the stage with ABBA at ABBA The Museum. Photo by Charish Badzinski.

Highbrow, it ain’t. But it sure is fun. The next time you’re in Stockholm, take a chance on ABBA The Museum.

Just beware the ear worm.


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Charish Badzinski is an explorer and award-winning travel and food writer. When she isn’t working to build her blog: Rollerbag Goddess Rolls the World, she applies her worldview to her small business, providing strategic communications, media relations and writing support to her clients.

Find Charish on Twitter: @charishb

Rollerbag Goddess Rolls the World by Charish Badzinski is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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2 thoughts on “A Visit to ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, Sweden

  1. OMG Charish! You are living the dream. You are my dancing queen. Make that traveling queen. LOVED this blog. And this trip. I think we might have to follow in these footsteps!

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