There are free guided walks of the art in the Metro in Swedish throughout the year. Art walks in English are available in the summer, but you can enjoy the art all year around.
Stockholm’s Metro system is 110 kilometer long and houses a unique collection of sculptures, artworks and exhibitions. More than 90 of the 100 stations are beautifully decorated by artists. Just as fascinating as the artworks themselves are the stories about the artists who created them, told by our experienced guides. All you need to join the art walk is any valid ticket for the Metro.
Summer art walks in English
During summer, June to August, there are guided art walks in English every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. from SL Center, at T-Centralen Metro station (entrance from Sergels torg). The summer season runs from Thursday 1 June to Thursday 31 August. The art walks take about an hour and you will visit selected Metro station in the city.
From September to May there are guided art walks in Swedish (and Swedish sign language) only.
Public art for public transport
There is a long tradition of public art in Sweden and SL had an early focus on art in the Metro and eventually elsewhere in the transport network.
The art makes the stations perceived as more beautiful, safer and it helps to make the trip into something more than just a transport between two places.
But art is also important to give each station its own identity, and thereby make it easier to navigate in the transport network. We also believe that art helps reduce criminal damage and vandalism.
Art in the Metro is well known, but there is art even at some commuter rail stations and bus terminals, as well as at Tvärbanan and a couple of Roslagsbanan light railway stations. These premises place heavy demands on the art, it must be washable, durable, weatherproof and sometimes even have a functional role.