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WRITER: CRAIG PRATT
The very first IKEA store has been converted into the very first public IKEA museum. Here you can walk down the memory lane by watching complete room settings from different decades – and get yourself on the front cover of the IKEA Catalogue.
Yes, after three years of work, the doors have finally been thrown open to the public at the new IKEA Museum in Älmhult, Sweden. Or as the IKEA Museum puts it, “For 70 years people have welcomed IKEA into their homes. Now it’s our turn to welcome you to ours.” The museum is expecting around 200 000 visitors in the first year.
The IKEA® Museum
The IKEA Museum is located in Älmhult, Sweden - the place where it all began and is often referred to as “the heart of IKEA”. In fact, the museum is housed in the very building that was once the first IKEA store, which opened in 1958.
IKEA Museum in square meters
Number of objects in the IKEA Museum Archives and collections
Numbers of seats in the restaurant
"For 70 years people have welcomed IKEA into their homes. Now it’s our turn to welcome you to ours."
Timetraveling with a modern twist
Walking towards the museum you’ll be struck by the sight of a sleek, white building - a classic example of 1950’s Scandinavian modernism, which looks surprisingly crisp and contemporary, even today. To find your way in, look for the white shipping container under the new, cantilevered roof. The container stands for logistics and distribution, something that’s vital to the IKEA Concept, and plays a large part in keeping prices down.
Once inside you’re greeted by 7 000 m² distributed over three levels - a living museum consisting of a Main Exhibition where the IKEA story is shared, and a Temporary Exhibition taking a look at the future of life at home.
The museum also features a restaurant called “The Kitchen”, which seats 170 guests. Its menu is based on the iconic IKEA meatballs, but with a new, modern take.
Simply put, it’s a place for anyone interested in the IKEA history. For the die-hard fan there’s even a shop where you can buy a limited number of IKEA products that are not available anywhere else, or maybe that premium pre-loved favourite which is no longer being sold. One visit should answer all the IKEA questions you’ve ever had - and some you didn’t even know you had. Like the ballcoaster. What on earth is that?
Let’s just say it will bring a smile to your kids’ faces. And yours too.