In Umeå, with the forests, the sea and the river, lots of exciting outdoor experiences awaits you just around the corner. The Tourist Information Centre is happy to help with suggestions and advice. At their web site - www.visitumea.se - you will find more information and can also book activities online.
Umeå brothers Samuel and Michael Åhdén possess one of the world’s largest privately owned collections of guitars and starting in 2014 the whole world has a chance to see it. You can visit the experience-based, interactive exhibition of electric guitars, basses, amps and music accessories at Umeå Guitar Museum. The museum houses about 500 exhibits altogether. Alongside the exhibition the museum arranges lectures, temporary exhibitions and presentations of new developments. World stars will also visit the museum during the year and hold ‘clinics’ – open guitar lessons.
In recent years it has established itself as one of the country’s leading museums for photography and the visual arts. Painting, sculpture, drawings, graffiti, video and installations, but also photojournalism, design, architecture and the world of scientific images are presented in about 15 exhibitions per year. The museum´s new seven – story building enjoys phenomenal views. Along with its shop and café the museum is by the Umeälven river. Entrance is free.
The basic exhibitions in Västerbotten’s museum deal with the county’s ancient past, its cultural history, the life of settlers and reindeer husbandry. The photographer Sune Jonsson’s fantastic pictures of the agricultural landscape of Norrland are also to be found here.
Gammlia is a hive of activity in the summer. Historical buildings have been moved here from various parts of the county, and together with the farm animals and the people living in the cottages who are dressed in keeping with the period, they create an authentic environment.
Skulpturparken, Sculpture Park, which is located in the former hospital compound in Umedalen, is considered to be one of Europe’s most distinguished sculpture parks and is also one of Västerbottens most visited sites in the summer. More than 150 Swedish and international artists has since the start in 1994 exhibited their works in Umedalen Skulptur, an exhibition that is organized every summer. Today there are also 26 purchased and permanent works in the park.
Skulpturparken also has a garden landscape in connection with the IKSU Spa, Umeå’s so-called cultural spa. The garden is created by one of Sweden’s famous landscaping artists, Ulf Nordfjell.
Skultpturparken is open to everyone year-round seven days a week.
The Women’s history museum, the only one of its kind in Sweden. To highlight structures and ideas about male and female, the new museum will raise the profiles of women in historiography. It will be a living museum that attracts repeated visits. The Women’s history museum will surprise. It will also twist and turn aspects and perspectives. It is to be a place for action, laughter and debate.
Älgens Hus in Bjurholm, 45 minutes from Umeå, gives you the chance to get really close to the king of the forest you might even be able to stroke or feed him? The farm produces elk cheese which it goes without saying is available for purchase. Prebooking wintertime is required.
Historical and cultural sights and beautiful scenery along the beautiful river Umeriver Valley. Our rushing waters, verdant forests, astonishing views and masses of attractions offering history, art and culture can be enjoyed on foot, from a bicycle saddle or by car. The whole trail is around 30 km.
Olofsfors ironworks is one of Sweden’s most genuine and well-preserved ironworks milieus. Here, the manor house and workmen’s dwellings have been preserved as well as the blast furnace, ironworks forge and ironware workshop. These are available for booked tours all year round.
During the summer months the area is opened daily and several artists and craftsmen are at place in their workshops. The old manor is now transformed into a restaurant and the old school building holds a café and a shop.