Wilhelmina and Walter von Hallwyl. Photo: the Hallwyl Museum/SHM (Public Domain).
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The Hallwyl Collection

The Hallwyl Museum is one person's vision and work. Wilhelmina von Hallwyl (1844-1930) was one of Sweden's great collectors of art and applied arts at the turn of the century 1900.

Wilhelmina von Hallwyl purchased large quantities of art and antiques during her lifetime. As the collection grew, the idea of establishing a museum took form. When the von Hallwyls moved into No. 4 Hamngatan, Wilhelmina had already decided that the house with its contents would become a museum. The aim, according to her, was “to bring together as rich and diverse a material as possible, illustrative of the culture of my own times as well as of that of earlier times.”

Wilhelmina surveying her employees. Photo: the Hallwyl Museum/SHM (Public Domain).

Work on the Hallwyl catalogue began in 1906 under the leadership of Wilhelmina herself and went on for several decades. The catalogue was printed between 1926 and 1956. There were 78 volumes printed in 110 copies.

Private House Became a Museum

The von Hallwyl couple donated the house and the collection at No. 4 Hamngatan to the nation in 1920, but they remained in residence there until their death. Walther passed away in 1921 and Wilhelmina in 1930. The Hallwyl Museum was opened to the public in 1938. Today, the Hallwyl Museum is part of the National Historical Museums, a government agency.

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A bracelet from the Hallwyl collection.
Photo: Erik Lernestål, Hallwyl museum/SHM (CC BY).

Our Collection database

Large parts of our collection are digitally accessible. The database is shared with other museums within the agency National Historical Museums.

Browse the agency's database

Free of Charge Pictures with Creative Commons

In the museum's collection database, there is a large image bank. Most of the images are free to use for non-commercial use. The free images are licensed Creative Commons, CC.

Questions about images

If you have questions about our object images email bilder@shm.se

Questions about the collection:

Maria Franzon, Textile conservator,
+46(0)8-402 30 58, maria.franzon@shm.se

Samuel Norrby, curator of The Hallwyl Collection,
+46 (0)8-402 30 95, samuel.norrby@shm.se