Drottninggatan 17, the current premises of the museum
Dansmuseet is located in Stockholm
Location in Stockhold
Established1953 (1953)
LocationDrottninggatan 17, Stockholm, Sweden
Coordinates59°19′47″N 18°04′05″E / 59.32972°N 18.06806°E / 59.32972; 18.06806
TypeMuseum for performing arts
Visitors37,784 (2013)[1]
DirectorEva-Sofi Ernstell (as of January 1, 2017)

Dansmuseet (the Dance Museum) is a museum for the performing and visual arts located in Stockholm, Sweden. Opened in 1953 in the basement of the Royal Swedish Opera, it originally displayed a large collection of dance-related art that belonged to Rolf de Maré, a leader of the Ballets suédois in Paris from 1920 to 1925.[2] In 1969, a library, named after the Swedish dancer, Carina Ari was endowed by Ari and attached to the museum with Bengt Hägar as its curator. The library contains the most comprehensive archive of literature on dance in Northern Europe. The museum is currently located at Drottninggatan 17.[3] The library, receives no state funds, as it is privately endowed. The majority of its collection are materials from Western Europe which date between 1500 and 1850, a journal collection dating at the turn of the 20th century, and a video library of thousands of films. There is also a large collection of books on Russian dance.[4] As of 2017, the director of the museum is Eva-Sofi Ernstell.[5]


  1. ^ "Landets museer behöll sin starka roll under 2013" (PDF). Riksförbundet Sveriges museer. 7 January 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  2. ^ Boldemann, Marcus (10 December 2011). "Dansmuseet flyttar till bankpalats". dn.se. Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Archives of the Dance: The Dance Museum, Stockholm". Dance Research. Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh University Press. 4 (2): 78–80. Autumn 1986. ISSN 0264-2875. JSTOR 1290728.
  4. ^ Andersson, Helén (1 July 2013). "En syssla för livet" [A chore for life] (in Swedish). Gothenburg, Sweden: Framsidan. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  5. ^ Anna Ångström (1 September 2016). "Dansmuseets nya chef från Armémuseum". svd.se. Retrieved 11 March 2017.