Arbetets museum (The Museum of Work) is an innovative meeting place for all ages in the heart of Norrköping, Sweden. Our exhibitions are all about work and everyday life, historically as well as today and tomorrow. We don’t collect objects – instead, we collect people’s stories and memories.
We are located in the listed building Strykjärnet (The Flat Iron), previously a cotton mill and once described by sculptor Carl Milles as the most beautiful industrial building in Sweden. The Flat Iron is situated at the centre of Norrköping’s scenic Industrial Landscape and is an important part of the city’s cultural heritage. Admission is free. Welcome!
Our opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Closed Sunday & Monday. Free admission.
Information about the Corona virus
The safety of our visitors and our staff are our highest priority. We have taken a range of safety measures to avoid crowdedness in our premises and minimize the risk of infection spreading.
We kindly urge visitors and staff alike to follow current guidelines regarding the Corona virus. Wash your hands often and carefully, sneeze and cough into your elbow and stay at home if you are ill, even if you have mild symptoms. If you are aged 70 or over or are part of another at-risk group: please comply with the Public Health Agency’s instructions and limit your social contacts. More information is available here.
Fun for families
There is lots of fun for families to discover at the museum. Why not try The Museum Detectives – search the museum and find the hidden clues! Another must-see is our new interactive exhibition Jobblabb (Worklab). Remember to try the bicycle carousel in our award-winning Framtidsland (Land of Tomorrow) on the 5th floor. While you’re there, say hello to our social robots in the exhibition Hej robot! (Hello Robot!). Don’t hesitate to ask our reception staff about our current exhibitions and activities.
Our popular exhibition Lilla Arbetets (Little Museum of Work) is unfortunately closed during the summer of 2020. The exhibition consists of many small spaces which make social distancing difficult. Our Creative Workshop is also closed until further notice.
Arbetets museum is a private foundation owned jointly by the following organisations: Landsorganisation – the Swedish Trade Union Confederation; Tjänstemännens Centralorganisation – the Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees; Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund – the Worker’ Educational Association; Kooperativa Förbundet – the Swedish Cooperative Union and Sensus studieförbund – the Sensus Study Association.
The running and management costs are financed through government subsidies whilst the projects are in the main, funded by the foundation. The building is owned by the Landsorganisation and the Kooperativa Förbundet who permit Arbetets museum the use of this property.
Our mission is to document working life and bring its’ history to life through: providing a forum for debate and interpretation of the working lives and conditions of women and men. The museum shall also initiate, pursue and support research within its’ area of activities and to administer and develop those operations in accordance with the guidelines specified by the Foundation.
Arbetets museum has a special responsibility for all the Working Life Museums in Sweden. Our role is to preserve and cultivate our cultural heritage so that it lends perspective to the development of our society and the conditions under which we live. The museum shall document the progress of industrial history and work together with other museums and institutions whose area of interest also lies within this sphere. Another role of the museum is to encourage and stimulate debate within the field of work and working conditions.
Arbetets museum is also interested in developing its’ own knowledge base and in consequence has developed close contacts with universities, colleges and other museums active within our specific area of interest.
Photo: Peter Holgersson
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