The Nordiska Museet (Nordic Museum) is Sweden’s biggest museum of cultural history and shows all the traditions and trends of Swedish life through the centuries. It was created by Artur Hazelius, the man who was responsible for founding Skansen (see page 130). The Nordiska is located close to the Vasa Museum (see page 131), so you can cover both these treasures in one day. When you walk into the museum, the first thing you’ll see is a gigantic statue of Gustav Vasa, who became King of Sweden in 1523. There are scores of exhibitions covering different aspects of Nordic life, everything from folk art and the Sami people who live in the far north to a history of table settings since the 16th century and rooms furnished in perfect 1950s mid-century modern style.