Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm
The Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology is a Swedish museum in Stockholm. It is Sweden’s largest museum of technology, and has a national charter to be responsible for preserving the Swedish cultural heritage related to technological and industrial history. Its galleries comprise around 10,000 square meters, and the museum attracts annually about 170,000 visitors. The collections consist of more than 50,000 objects and artefacts, 600 shelf metres of archival records and documents, 200,000 drawings, 620,000 images and just over 50,000 books. The National Museum of Science and Technology also documents technologies, processes, stories and memoirs in order to preserve them for generations to come.
The National Museum of Science and Technology was founded in 1924 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (formerly the Federation of Swedish Industries), the Swedish Inventors' Association and the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers (formerly Svenska Teknologföreningen – roughly, the Swedish Association of Technologists). Its present building is designed in the functionalistic style by architect Ragner Hjorth, and was opened in 1936. The museum became a foundation in 1947; and has been operated with government funding since 1964.