Bildmuseet is a venue for experiences, reflection and discussion. The museum produces and shows contemporary international art, photography, architecture, design and other forms of visual culture, along with art historical retrospectives. Existential, political and philosophical issues are intrinsic to the programme. The exhibitions are complemented by guided tours, lectures, seminars and films as well as workshops and educational activities to inspire creativity.

Bildmuseet has received a Special Commendation from the European Museum of the Year jury , and was among the top candidates for the Swedish Museum of the Year Award as well as for the Council of Europe Museum Prize.

Bildmuseet is part of Umeå University, housed in an acclaimed building at the Umeå Arts Campus by the shores of the Umeälven river, close to Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå School of Architecture and Humlab-X. On May 20th 2017 we  celebrated five years at the Umeå Arts Campus.