Tribute to Sweden’s fabulous foursome
NEARLY 25 years after their official retirement, members of legendary Swedish pop group ABBA have got together to launch their own museum.
‘ABBA the Museum’, due to open in Stockholm in 2008, will feature the foursome’s music, history, original clothes, images, instruments and other memorabilia from their heyday in the 1970s and 1980s.
It will also be an interactive experience ‘where visitors can participate with all their senses’, the organisers say.
Stockholm mayor Kristina Axen Olin said the museum could attract 500,000 people a year.
‘‘We are convinced that this is important both for Stockholm citizens and for marketing the city,’’ she said.
A site for the museum, of up to 4000 square metres, is being sought in central Stockholm.
The idea came from Ulf Westman and his wife Ewa Wigenheim-Westman when they visited the Beatles Museum in Liverpool a few years ago. Ewa mentioned it to ABBA’s Benny Anderson, with whom she had worked with previously. But it took the organisers two years to convince the four, who continue to sell nearly three million records each year, that the project was a good idea. They will donate material for the exhibits, but will not be involved in any other way with the running of the museum. ABBA has sold more than 370 million records, more than anyone apart from Elvis Presley and the Beatles, with number one hits including MammaMia,Fernando, DancingQueen,Waterloo,SOS and MoneyMoneyMoney.
The Music Museum in Stockholm has had an ‘ABBA Corner’since 1996. It includes Benny Andersson’s Yamaha GS-1 synthesiser, one of Bjorn Ulvaeus’s Washburn Eagle guitars and Frida’s trademark blue satin jacket. The Music Museum (Musikmuseet) is at Nybroplan behind the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Sibyllegatan 2. It’s open daily except Mondays from noon to 5pm, and admission is free.
As part of a Stockholm ABBA experience, Bentours recommends a stay at Benny Andersson’s Hotel Rival, Scandinavia’s first boutique hotel which opened in September 2003. All rooms have ABBA CDs and speakers in the bathrooms where guests can sing along with ABBA while taking a shower.
A two-night stay with a 24-hour Stockholm City Card is priced from $295pp plus tax.
Stockholm City Cards provide free or discounted entry to various city attractions.
HONOUR . . . a museum is being built to feature Sweden’s most famous export, ABBA — Benny
Andersson, Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad, Agnetha "Anna" Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus