The moment I’d been waitign for the entire trip (2 days) had finally come.
I’ll be honest, I had no idea that there was an ABBA Museum. But this may be the single greatest thing in the world.
It’s the most interactive museum you can imagine. The fun started before you even went inside.
Look sexy, right? I thought so too.
It was the perfect day to go because, yes, it was still pissing it down with rain. We donned on our blue rain ponchos and here we were. Seems like we weren’t the only ones with the same idea.
Can you tell we’re tourists?
In the line I started Googling ABBA facts because suddenly I was confused as to who was married to each other and if they were married etc. Turns out both couples were married when they started as a band, but both have split, hence the split of the band. Fun facts all around.
Also, I found a sign that said “We have a vision of a cashless socieity therefore we don’t handle coins and bills” if you can see it on the screen below. This new age shit is getting real. (Tip for those visiting: … Don’t bring cash, obviously).
There are specific time slots for when you can go in, just to handle the amount of crowds walking around at one time. We walked around the shop a little to wait for our turn.
SO many ABBA gems.
I think the Honey Honey pot of honey was my favourite.
Then, it was time.
Become the 5th member? Hell yes. Little did I know just how true that was going to be later on.
After we walked inside, there’s a video that plays on ABBA and their history together. It gets you super pumped up for the museum, and it plays so many classics that you’ve probably forgotten about. Makes you fall in love with them ALL OVER AGAIN. ABBA No 1 fan here.
Then we headed into a room where it shows you the history of each member, and how they were all either well-known or famous in Sweden before ABBA.
I so want a picture like that above with the guys gathered around and me saying very interesting things.
Instead I got a cheesy picture by the phone (Ring, Ring – their first song) because I thought this would be my only photo op. I was so very wrong.
I also learnt that ABBA became really big after they won Eurovision with Waterloo. I had absolutely no idea. Eurovision changes lives eh.
The interactiveness started already when I saw someone remixing an ABBA song on the screen. I didn’t want to wait in line so I kind of skipped past this.
We made our way to this little baby. It’s a booth where you take a picture of your face, they put it on each ABBA member’s bodies on the screen and then as you dance, the sensors make them dance too.
It’s super cool when it first happens, but once you get through each character it’s quite long and gets a little weird…
Then we went into one of the recording booths to make a break for it in the music industry.
Our song of choice was Mama Mia, obviously.
I thought that was pretty cool, but then THIS.
You get on stage, you perform with the holograms and then they record a video which you can find on their website when you use the barcode of your ticket. This is modern technology at it’s finest for the ABBA Museum.
There was a little line, so we cheered on everyone going up.
It also gave us time to memorise the Mama Mia routine, which we very bloody clearly all forgot the second we hit the stage. Stage fright.
Still, SO MUCH FUN RIGHT?
Then there was many more photo ops…
And an ABBA quiz!
All my trivia researching in the line clearly did not make me any more knowledgable.
It was one of those places where people super into it (mostly women) would run around with the fun interactiveness. Men and children sit on the giant records and wait.
Every inch of this place was ABBA.
There was even a little room with disco lights and ABBA music videos playing. Like a small club. A club in the middle of this museum.
We spun around a little then headed out. I think we’ve made the most of our tickets, don’t you? You have to get super stuck in if you want to enjoy it to the fullest!
We headed downstairs which is where the Swedish Music Hall of Fame is. For some reason there was a One Direction music video playing.
I think a Swedish guy wrote the song. We didn’t stick around to explore the rest. To be honest, if it’s not ABBA, not interested.