Anniversary year 2020

The Nordic Watercolour Museum is 20 years old in 2020! We’re celebrating the whole year through, with everything from special events and features to free buses and special offers. The programme is constantly being updated, so don’t forget to keep checking in. Please come along and celebrate with us!

Our story – from opening to anniversary

In May 1996, Nordic architects were invited to design a museum to be located by the sea at Gråskärsberget in Skärhamn. With 386 suggestions from architects across Europe, it was the biggest ever Nordic architecture competition at the time. The winners were Danish architects Niels Bruun and Henrik Corfitsen with their proposal, Mötet or ‘The Meeting’. The panel of judges commented: “An independent, professional bearing in using traditional building materials characterises the proposal, which blends in nicely with the surrounding environment.”

The Nordic Watercolour Museum opened on 17 June 2000 in Skärhamn, and the rest is history. The museum filled a vacuum left as fishing and sea freight in the town gradually dwindled. The museum was dimensioned for far fewer guests than the just over three million who have come here since its opening. Still today the museum is based on six foundation stones: Exhibitions, art collection, art education, research, culture programmes, and artistic development. Over the 20 years since the start, the museum has hosted 116 exhibitions and has become an international establishment with firm local support on the art scene.

And we think that’s worth celebrating.

It’s all happening on the 20th

Visit us on the 20th of every month, when we’ll be celebrating our anniversary a bit extra. There will be fun things to see, do and experience, as well as free admission to the museum on these dates.

We will compile our anniversary activities here.

Tjugan – a free no. 20 regional bus

The Nordic Watercolour Museum is 20 years old, and we’d like you to celebrate with us. On the 20th of each month we’ll be running the Tjugan or ‘No. 20’ bus from a different location in the region, offering you a free return trip to the museum. Bus passengers will be at the museum between about 12 and 3 pm – plenty of time to see all our art and enjoy a coffee break!

Advance booking is required. Read more about bus departures and how to book here.