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About Bildmuseet

Bildmuseet is one of Sweden’s foremost venues for international contemporary art, a part of Umeå University and the public heart of its Arts campus. On seven floors of striking architecture, the fields of Art, Humanities and Science combine to consider key issues of our time. Bildmuseet is a place for stimulating encounters and conversations about art, society and existence.

The exhibitions are produced in collaboration with artists, museums and universities worldwide, and often attract both national and international attention. As a visitor, you are invited to participate in guided tours and creative workshops, listen to artist talks, debates, lectures and live music, watch film screenings and attend other events, all with free admission.

After 30 years of operation, Bildmuseet moved to the new museum building in 2012 on the banks of the Umeälven River, right next to Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå Institute of Design and Umeå School of Architecture. The new museum building, designed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with White, has been described as one of the world’s most beautiful university museums.

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