Stockholm's tunnelbana is referred to as the world's longest art gallery because works of art have been integrated in almost every station since the 1950s. SL spends 10 million SEK per year in safeguarding and developing artwork.
Photo: Entrance of Odenplan station from 1952.
Works of art can be found in 90 of the 100 stations. 140 artists have contributed so far.
Photo [from SL's free metro art booklet, see Reference]: Platform of T-Centralen station on the Blue Line, designed by Per Olof Ultvedt in 1975.
Many stations in Stockholm, especially on the Blue Line, have been left as rock caverns, which gives them an outstanding, unique atmosphere.
Photo: Rinkeby station, built in 1975 on the Blue Line with gold mosaics, paintings, and sculptures.
Tours of the metro system, guided by experts. For dates and reservation contact the tour operator or check their website.
'The Art in the Stockholm Metro' guided tours, duration 1-1,5 hour, visiting 4-6 stations. Tour operator: Föreningen Stockholms Auktoriserade Guider. Since 1997, SL has been running regular guided tours of the art in the Stockholm Metro. The tours are in Swedish all year round, with English tours available in the summer. Each week, four or five stations are visited with an expert, qualified guide who will tell about the art, the architecture and the artists behind the works. There is no extra charge for the guided tours, but you will need a valid ticket in order to join. Tour operator: SL (metro operator).
Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:
Get the free "Art in the Stockholm Metro" booklet from the ticket booths at T-Centralen or other stations. Ride the Blue Line for the most spectacular works of art, get off and explore the stations that are painted rock caves.
Spårvägsmuseet. Mainly trams but also a some subway exhibits, including pictures and models about art in the stations. Address: Tegelviksgatan 22 (bus 2, 55, 66 to Sofia). Hours (check before visiting): Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat–Sun 11am–4pm. Admission: 30 SKR. Features: Interactive installations, library, shop and café with play area. Reference: sparvagsmuseet.sl.se (official website). stockholmmuseum.com.
A buzzing sound, several seconds long, announces the closing doors (wav by K. Karlsson), rarely preceded by an announcement "Dörrarna stängs". Inside the trains, a pre-recorded female voice says: "Nästa: [name]" (meaning "Next stop: [name]") and, occasionally: "Byte till Tvärbanan" ("Change for tram line") (wav by K. Karlsson).