YNGWIE2The Swedish Music Hall of Fame – a musical melting pot dedicated to Swedish popular music. This building houses exhibitions on Swedish popular music, the Hall of Fame and ABBA The Museum.

Sweden has a long tradition of creating music, and the “Swedish Music Miracle” has resulted in an entire industry with major export success. We want this interactive, modern meeting place to help protect Sweden’s musical heritage and make it accessible for the general public.

The Swedish Music Hall of Fame is part of an active and dynamic cultural life, allowing both the Swedish population and international visitors to share the constantly evolving cultural heritage that our musical tradition provides.

The Musikskattens Hus (Treasure of Music House) Foundation, which is behind the Swedish Music Hall of Fame, is a non-profit organisation. Operations are funded by entry fees, donations and partners. Any surplus goes in its entirety to programmes and scholarships that support an active and dynamic cultural life through music. Financial support from Svenska Postkodlotteriet has made construction of the building at Djurgårdsvägen 68 possible, providing the foundations for this exhibition of Swedish popular music, from Ernst Rolf and the 1920s to the lively music scene of today.

The Swedish Music Hall of Fame opens its doors on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The premises at Djurgårdsvägen 68 also house ABBA The Museum. With stories from the evolution of Swedish popular music from the early 1920s to today, the Swedish Music Hall of Fame brings together the music with the spirit of the age, from Ernst Rolf to Swedish House Mafia. It has taken more than a year to put together the content, which aims to expand knowledge of and interest in Swedish popular music and its history.  

 The Swedish Music Hall of Fame is a musical meeting place with exhibitions that highlight our Swedish cultural heritage. Today the doors are opening on a broad yet close-up view of Swedish popular music from the 1920s to today. Every decade has its own room where the spirit of the age is captured through music videos, texts, images and memorabilia. Each room gives visitors a feel for the decade and the music. Journalist Jan Gradvall has written the descriptions of each decade, with biographies of the performers written by Bengt Palmers.

The timeline that runs throughout the exhibition illustrates how music, media, and the development of technology and society influence each other, on the large scale and the small – from crystal radios and 78rpm discs, to vinyl records, Walkman players and CDs, to the abstract “cloud” of today, from when music first became available for the masses in the 1920s thanks to radio broadcasts and gramophones to the limitless world of music we have today.