As you plan your visit to The Nordic Watercolor Museum, some questions may arise. Here we have collected answers to your most common questions. If there is anything else you are wondering, you can always contact us:
Questions and answers
- When are you open?
During the summer of 2023 (until September 3), we are open daily at 11 am–5 pm.
(We are closed during the period 4–23 September due to change of exhibitions)
All opening hours
- What are the restaurant's opening hours?
Vatten Restaurang & Kafé has the following opening hours during the summer:
5 July–13 August 2023
Lunch: Daily at 12 noon–4 pm
Evening: Tuesday–Sunday at 5–9 pm
Daily at 11 am–5 pm
14 August–3 September 2023
Lunch: Monday–Friday at 11.30 am–3 pm / Saturday–Sunday: at 12 noon–4 pm
Daily at 11 am–5 pm
- How much does it cost to enter the museum?
During the summer of 2023, we have the following prices:
Admission: 150 SEK (annual card included)
Admission free for anyone under the age of 26.
Group (+15 people): 140 SEK/person (annual card not included)
Members of the following have a discounted price on the entrance fee (on presentation of membership card): KRO, Svenska Konstnärsförbundet SK, Nordiska Akvarellsällskapet, Konststudenter / Art students, Konstnärsalliansen KA, Svenska tecknare and Svenskt Kulturarv.
The following enter the museum free of charge: Friends of The Nordic Watercolour Museum, Honorary members of The Nordic Watercolour Museum, ICOM (membership card required), Sveriges museer (membership card required), press, guides in the company of a group, as well as companions and personal assistants.
You pay at the reception when you arrive at the museum. You cannot pre-book your entrance ticket.
- Which means of payment do you accept?
We accept payments by card or Swish. We do not accept cash.
- Where is the museum?
The Nordic Watercolour Museum is situated on the island of Tjörn, 70 kilometres north of Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast.
Nearest bus stop: Kommunhuset, Tjörn. Nearby is also a guest harbour.
Södra hamnen 6
471 32 Skärhamn
- Where can I find parking?
In front of the museum there is a parking lot with 25 spaces and four spaces reserved for you with limited mobility. If our parking is full there are more places to find within walking distance, which also offer beautiful walking paths. You can find all information about car parks on Tjörn municipality's website.
You can find all information about parking lots on Tjörn municipality's website .
- What exhibitions are currently on display?
During the summer of 2023, we show the exhibition Animal Kingdom. It contains works by 14 artists and artist collectives from five centuries. The last day of the exhibition is Sunday 3 September 2023.
Upstairs, we also show a series of watercolours by Lars Lerin.
- Are there any exhibitions with the Museum's collection?
At The Nordic Watercolour Museum, we do not display a permanent exhibition of works from our collection. Instead, we continuously show selections from it. By only working with temporary exhibitions, we can show a larger part of our collection over time. During the summer of 2023, a small part of the collection can be seen upstairs in the series of watercolours by Lars Lerin. During the autumn, more works from the collection will be on display.
You can read more about the Museum’s collection here.
- What options do I have if I want to find out more about the exhibition?
When you pay your admission fee at the reception, you will receive an information folder to take with you into the exhibition. This is supplemented with texts on the exhibition walls about the different rooms and about the individual artists. You can also listen to our audio guide, which tells more about both the artists and individual works. You can find the audio guide here.
Last but not least, join a guided tour in our exhibition. These are held every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and are always included in the entrance fee.
When you pay your entrance fee at the reception, you will receive an information folder to take with you into the exhibition. Inside the exhibition there are wall texts about the different rooms and about the individual artists. You can also listen to our audio guide, which tells about both the artists and individual works. You can find it here .
Last but not least, join a public screening . These are held every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and are always included in the entrance fee.
- I have received an annual card, what are you showing this autumn?
On September 24 2023, the exhibition Psychological Spaces opens. The exhibition shows contemporary Nordic artists whose works evoke experiences that are subjective and specific for each viewer. Keep an eye on the website, where we continuously publish more information.
- What's on at the museum?
At the museum, you can try on watercolour painting in our studio, join a guided tour, take a course or perhaps enjoy a concert. You will always find information about upcoming events on our website and/or social media.
Want to do something on your own? Listen to our content-rich audio guide to learn more about the art. Borrow a "Discovery Bag" in the museum's entrance to see the works in new, creative ways. Upstairs, you can also create pictures inspired by the exhibition or sit down to read a book.
- Can I bring my dog with me to the museum?
No, pets are not allowed on the museum's premises or in the guest studios. Exceptions are made for assistance dogs, who are welcome at the museum.
- Can I take photos in the exhibition?
Yes, it is allowed to photograph without flash.
- Can I bring my pram/stroller into the exhibition?
Yes, but keep in mind that it can be crowded if there are many visitors.
- Do you have any storage facilities?
Yes, there are lockers in the reception. These are free to borrow. To use a locker, you choose a four-digit code that you'll need to remember to later unlock the locker again. Instructions are available on site at the museum.
- Are there any fully accessible toilets at the museum?
Yes, in the entrance there are four toilets and one accessible toilet. Read more about accessibility at the museum.
- Are there any changing tables?
Yes, at the accessible toilet.
- What are the houses opposite the museum?
These are our guest studios. They are mainly used for artistic work, but can also be rented by private individuals. Read more about the studios here.
- Is there somewhere we can eat our packed lunch?
Unfortunately, we do not have any premises to let for packed lunches, but feel free to enjoy your packed lunch in the beautiful surrounding nature.
- When are the busiest periods at the museum?
Of course, this is difficult to say exactly, but generally summer is our high season and especially when the weather is rainy and windy.
- Is there more to do nearby?
Tjörn is an island full of culture and things to explore! In addition to taking a dip in the sea from the rocks or the sandy beach by the museum or eating an ice cream in the guest harbour, you can discover outdoor life as well as more art experiences in the area. For example, we can recommend a visit to Sculpture in Pilane or a trip to Sundsby Säteri. Those who have the opportunity could also visit the world-famous lighthouse Pater Noster at the far end of the horizon. Also, look into the municipality's events calendar, to discover all events held on the island.
Tjörn is an island full of culture and things to invent! In addition to taking a dip at the swimming area which is next to the museum or eating an ice cream in the guest harbour, you can discover outdoor life as well as more art experiences at close range. For example, we can recommend a visit to Skulptur in Pilane or a trip to Sundsby Säteri. Those who have the opportunity should also visit the world-famous Pater Noster lighthouse at the far end of the horizon. Also look into the municipality's event calendar to discover all the events held on the island.
Tjörn - Island of Art
On Tjörn we love art and nature. From the jetty at The Nordic Watercolour Museum, you can dip your paintbrush in water while you dip your toes in the sea. From the cliffs of the historic landscape of Sculpture in Pilane, you can gaze out over the sea with the sculpture Anna by your side. Across the water stands Pater Noster, the king of lighthouses, where you have a world-class design hotel that offers you a home on the horizon.Read about the Island of Art