There is so much to see and do at this impressive fortress that we always allow a minimum of 3 hours to preview some of the highlights. (If you're very rushed, skip all but the Konstmuseet, Skåne's great treasure trove of art.) Malmö's greatest monument was founded in the 15th century by Eric of Pomerania but rebuilt by Christian III in the 16th century. The Earl of Bothwell, third husband of Mary Queen of Scots, was incarcerated here from 1568 to 1573. But those sad memories are long gone today, as it's been turned into a series of museums offering a repository of culture. The castle lies a 10- to 15-minute walk west of the Stortorget. It is split into the following divisions:
Kommendanthuset -- Part of the 18th-century arsenal, this member of the museum cluster lies across the street from the castle. Check out what's going on here at the time of your visit, as this house is host to a frequently changing roster of traveling exhibits, many related to photography. Near Kommendanthuset is the Teknikens och Sjöfartens Hus (Science and Maritime Museum). This is only for technology buffs who'll appreciate the flight simulator, submarine, cars (old and new), and relics of trams and ferries.
Konstmuseet -- These second-floor art galleries boast a collection of old Scandinavian masters, especially those from southern Sweden. Notable among the artists is Carl Fredrik Hill (1849-1911), one of Sweden's most revered landscape painters and a forerunner of European modernism. But we're most drawn to the display of Russian oil paintings, created in the 1890-1914 revolutionary period. This is the largest collection of such works outside Russia itself. Almost equally intriguing is the museum's collection of Nordic art painted in the volatile 1920s and 1930s; Christian Berg, Max Walter Svanberg, and Carl Fredrik Reutherswärd seem to tower over their competition here.
Naturmuseum -- This museum hardly stacks up against similar museums in New York or London. But you might give it a look if time remains. It covers the geology of Skåne, including its flora and fauna. Its most compelling exhibits are an aquarium and a tropicarium in the basement.
Stadsmuseum -- Regrettably for a historic city such as Malmö, the city museum is a disappointment. City officials have moved some artifacts from their "attic" to display here. Unless you're writing a book on the history of Malmö, you might want to skip this one. Another drawback is that the exhibits are all in Swedish, so it is hardly user-friendly.
- © Frommer's 2013
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