Museum in a Shoebox by Aleksandr Kuznetsov



The Museum in a Shoebox, designed by renowned architect Aleksandr Kuznetsov, is a new venue for contemporary architecture, art and design that opened last month in Old Town.


The building comprises a cafe (top image), large exhibition space, a small gallery, cinema, theatre, auditorium, ten seminar rooms and a library. Like all the best museums, it will feature a summer pavilion programme. Above: the 2009 summer pavilion, designed by Torbjörn Gudmundsson, situated in the Sculpture Garden.


Over five thousand guests attended the opening ceremony on 1 May this year (above). A buffet of cupcakes was served.


The ground floor café (above) offers a choice of hot and cold meals or snacks.


The museum's first artist in residence is choreographer Björn Säfsten (above).


Guided tours by distinguished guides are available for groups in fifty three different languages (above). The museum will present a programme of exhibitions and events, including, educational workshops, film screenings and will feature a summer pavilion programme.


Above and below: Current exhibition "Polaroids from the Sky: Clouds Through the Ages", on display until August 12.


Below: The premier of animation Cardboard Seasons, by Satoshi Nakashima, on display until August 2nd.


Location: Museum in a Shoebox, 15 Old Street, Old Town (see map below).


View all of the museum's activities and details about them on the Museum in a Shoebox website, designed by Kristina Dalberg.


Above: the Museum in a Shoebox, designed by Aleksandr Kuznetsov.

The following text is from the museum:


Museum in a Shoebox is a new center for contemporary architecture, art and design. It serves as an interdisciplinary platform of ideas. The building, designed by Aleksandr Kuznetsov, contains one large exhibition space and one small gallery for small exhibitions.

It also hosts a state of the art cinema, theater, auditorium, ten seminar rooms and a library. The Museum's popular café and gift shop is situated on the ground floor. The entire building is accessible to people using wheelchairs.

May 1, 2009
More than 5000 guests came to see the reclusive Museum Director cut the blue ribbon during the grand-opening ceremony of Museum in a Shoebox. Celebrities and art stars rubbed shoulders with ambassadors, rocket scientists and other creative people. Everyone admired the floor in the great exhibition hall. After cocktails and an amazing buffet of cupcakes and cakes, the Museum turned into a decadent dance party. When the DJ started to play "Cool Rider", not even the shy Museum Director could keep herself away from the dance floor!

Choreographer Björn Säfsten has been selected to be the Museum's first Artist-in-Residence. During his residency he will be working on a new performance with a team of dancers, artists and musicians. In addition to his own work, Säfsten will be involved in the Museum's activities such as symposiums, art talks and dance workshops for kids. We are looking forward to the months ahead!

June 19 - September 4, 2009

Midsummer's Eve, the longest day of the year, marked the opening of the Museum's Summer Pavilion. It is situated in the heart of the Museum's beloved Sculpture Garden. Apart from serving traditional afternoon tea, the Pavilion will host various public events such as art and dance workshops for kids, open air concerts, debates, art talks and social events.

For a weekly schedule:

The Summer Pavilion 2009 is designed by Torbjörn Gudmundsson. It is part of the Museum's ongoing mission to promote innovative architecture and design.


Group Tours
Visitors can can explore the latest exhibitions through special guided tours. These tours are led by our distinguished guides. All Museum in a Shoebox guides hold PhDs in museum education. The tours last approximately 45 minutes. All tours start in the Lobby, under the giant clock. Make sure to be on time!

Tuesday - Sunday: 2 PM, 5 PM and 7 PM.

The Museum also offers customized tours in 53 different languages to groups by appointment. Contact:

Audio Tours
If you want to explore the exhibitions at your own pace, you can borrow the Museum's state of the art Audio Guides. The Audio Guides are available in 53 languages including Esperanto.


Museum in a Shoebox is a web-based project by Kristina Dalberg. It presents both real and imaginary works by real and imaginary artists, blurring the line between fact and fiction. It was launched May 25, 2009.

Posted on Wednesday June 24th 2009 at 5:19 pm by Brad Turner. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Andrew Liebchen

    Wow. I’m in love.

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  • michael

    must be the work of genius, or at least ingenius.

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  • Jessy

    Lovely! It’s like a dream!