The moment that dancing queens, Mamma Mia! fans, and other ABBA aficionados around the world have been waiting for is finally coming. The long-delayed ABBA museum will open at last in Stockholm on May 7, 2013.
ABBA The Museum is part of the new Swedish Music Hall of Fame, located at Djurgårdsvägen 68, next to the Gröna Lund amusement park. The building will also hold a permanent exhibit on the history of Swedish popular music, as well as temporary exhibitions.
ABBA The Museum will become the permanent home of ABBA’s collected works. Interactive exhibits cover the band’s career from its start in 1970 through its global success to the final split in 1983. Tickets to ABBA The Museum will also be valid for the rest of the Swedish Music Hall of Fame.
Sweden’s most successful band of all time, ABBA has sold 378 million albums around the world. The group’s big breakthrough came with the release of the single “Waterloo” in 1974. Other smash hits included “Mamma Mia” (1975), “SOS” (1975), “Dancing Queen” (1976), “Money, Money, Money” (1976), “Knowing Me, Knowing You” (1977), “Take a Chance on Me” (1978), and “The Winner Takes It All” (1980), among others. The band’s name is an acronym of the names of its members, Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad.
Even though it is 30 years since the band’s breakup, global interest in ABBA never seems to fade, as evidenced by the worldwide popularity of the musical Mamma Mia! as well as the 2008 movie version starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, and Amanda Seyfried. In 2012 the collection “ABBA Gold” was officially named the bestselling CD ever in England.
Tickets: Interest in ABBA The Museum is expected to be enormous, so if you wish to visit early on, plan ahead. Tickets are already being sold for specific time slots in May, and sales will soon begin for visits during the summer high season. Only a limited number of tickets will be available at the museum entrance. Visit the museum’s website for more information.