Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd – that makes IKEA. It was here that the success story and now global company started. The museum ‘IKEA Through the Ages’ has a retrospective exhibition on the history behind and development of IKEA’s range. It has 20 different rooms decorated entirely with vintage IKEA furniture and objects from the 1940s to the present day. In November 2012, the first store in Älmhult from 1958 was closed, and a new one with the world’s biggest range was opened instead.
The museum ‘IKEA Through the Ages’ shows interiors of living rooms that many will recognise. Here you can also read about how the company developed and look at old catalogues. The museum is located in the basement of IKEA Hotell & Restaurang Värdshuset, opposite the old IKEA store in Älmhult. A new big museum is now planned in the old store and is due to open in 2014.
Museum opening times: Mon-Fri 12-5 pm, Sat-Sun 12-4 pm. Summer opening: 24 June-31 Aug daily 10 am-6 pm
The world’s most modern IKEA store
The new IKEA in Älmhult is located by Road 23 and is 35,000 square metres. It has a full range with approx 9,500 items and 52 styled rooms. The world’s biggest IKEA range is found here, as well as a ‘glasshouse’ of 1700 square metres full of plants and seasonal products. It is easy to spend a day here – it’s always fun to have a look... and the new restaurant is very inviting.
Älmhult is located along the southern main line, and the free shuttle bus ‘Snålskjutsen’ runs from the station out to the new IKEA. The free bus service also passes near the old area with the museum every hour. To get to the store and the new trade centre by car, take Road 23, which will take you directly there.