Idea for a new exhibition in Stockholm...

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1. Posted by EricTheViking (First Time Poster 1 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone!
I have an idea for a new exhibition where the visitor will get to experience life as a Swede. Among other things the visitor will:

Get to taste some of the uniquely Swedish food and drinks, including lingonberry jam, the best knäckebröd, Swedish kaviar and the infamous disgusting-smelling surströmming. Also try some of our most beloved sweets, such as top quality salty licorice candy.

Come close to our festive traditions. Challenge his or her friends in some of our amusing midsummer games, get to dress up as part of a lucia-procession, or put on a beautiful flower wreath for a fantastic photo.

Get to know the modern Swede; how we live, what we value. All about what makes us unique from other countries.

Be able to explore our rich musical treasure in a personalized way, whether you are into native jojk or modern music such as Swedish House Mafia, Icona Pop and Tove Lo.

As a tourist, is this something you think you would have wanted to visit? How appealing would this exhibition be in comparison to other popular activities like the Vasa-, ABBA-, Historical- or Viking musem, Skansen or Fotografiska?
All feedback is appreciated, thank you!

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

These things always sound like a good idea, but the reality is usually that the whole thing feels rather fake/plastic (like a universal studios film-set), where a $2 pot of jam (jelly) is for sale at $10 and the 'home cooking' is mass produced and a pale reflection of the real thing.
So my immediate thought is 'No I wouldn't visit it' however if it had been running for a few years with good reviews and had a reasonable value entry fee then I may change my mind.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Mar-2019, at 05:29 by Andrew Mack ]

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1317 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

I like the ecovillages that we find in Europe and I suspect Sweden has at least one of these. I would find an ecovillage (folk museum) much more interesting and authentic than what you are describing which sounds more like a Swedish Disneyland. I have to agree with Andrew Mack above that if it were well done and had a reasonable entry fee (unlike the real Disneyland), that I might at least consider it.

4. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 865 posts) 50w 1 Star this if you like it!

Our Ikea is pretty good with Swedish food tastings admittedly no surströmming yet;).

What you are describing can be good but it all comes down to execution. The ones that I have enjoyed were those that promoted local producers and entrepreneurs rather than selling their own branded products. Some of them we even got to speak to people who actually made the products which was an added bonus.

And if you have performances of any kind it has to be people who are really passionate about what they are doing and are interested in imparting knowledge to people because as an audience you can tell when someone is just trying get through a job versus someone who is proud of what they are showcasing.