IKEA Museum in Älmhult is one of Småland's latest places to visit, and at the same time a real classic. In the summer of 2016, the long-awaited IKEA Museum opened in the building where the world's first IKEA store opened in 1958.
The past, the present & the future
The story of IKEA is to some extent also the story of all Swedes. The large furniture store with Ingvar Kamprad at the helm has played an important role in countless teenage rooms, decorated many living rooms with all kinds of textiles, and made people's homes more homely.
To be able to follow the story of how it all began is fascinating to say the least. The present and future also play important roles in the exhibitions, which makes a visit to IKEA Museum all the more exciting.
The main exhibition at IKEA Museum is divided into three themes: Our Roots, Our Story and Your Stories. Take a closer look at the everyday life in the 19th century Småland, find out more about Ingvar Kamprad's childhood, and the 20th century transformation of Swedish society where a new vision of home led the way. Our Roots explores the society, living conditions and spirit that prevailed in the Sweden that fostered a young boy's emerging business. The story continues through the 20th century up to the present, lined with furniture and interior design classic that everyone can relate to. If you want, you can even grab a copy of the cover of this year's IKEA Catalogue – with you on it!
IKEA Museum also has a temporary exhibition that is updated twice a year. Read about the exhibitions on IKEA Museum's homepage.
Shop and restaurant
In the same building as the museum, there is also a shop and restaurant. Here you will find the museum's profile products and familiar classics. Sometimes they also have vintage IKEA objects for sale. The restaurant has a menu that is based on IKEA's famous meatballs - with a modern twist.
Across the street from IKEA Museum you find IKEA Hotell. Whether on a work trip, on a family holiday, or on a weekend getaway, you will find a room that suits your needs. From a small cabin room of 4 square meters, to a family room with bunk beds, or a traditional double room.
Where the hotel room is your private space, the rest of the hotel is a communal area for all guests. Sit back in one of the lounges and watch a movie, warm up some food in the microwave – maybe you'll even make some new friends around the dinner table. Or take a stroll in the garden and let the birdsong and plant life of Småland wipe away the stress. Make yourself at home.