Västergötlands museum

Open Tuesday - Sunday, every week.

Visit Us

The museum is located in the middle of Skara. Next to the main building you will find the open air museum, Fornbyn, which is open daily during the summer months.

A picnic case in the exhibition Själabärarna
A guide pointing towards Kråks manor during a guided tour.

There are several permanent exhibitions on display in the museum, focusing on the history of Västergötland through 10 000 years. The museums collections are one of the largest in the country and form the base of these stories.

Guided Tours This Summer

Summer schedule

This summer we’re hosting guided tours in English of our exhibitions. A tour will take approximately 45 minutes and will have room for 25 participants. No admission fee — welcome!

A guide during a tour in the exhibition Skara in the Middle Ages.


Fornbyn (“The Old Village”) is an open air museum located next to the main building in Skara. Founded just after the museum itself in 1921, the park now contains close to 30 buildings from all over Västergötland.

Explore Fornbyn

Kata Gård

During the 2000s, archeological excavations behind the Cistercian monastery in Varnhem revealed sensational finds from the time before the monks came in possession of the grounds in the 12th century. Here lies the ruin of one of Sweden’s oldest churches, a private farm church from the Viking age.

Kata Gård in Varnhem

Shop & Café

Take a break

You’ll find a wide variety of books, local arts & crafts and other items in our shop. The café is part of the same space. Enjoy a Swedish fika with ecological, Fairtrade coffee or tea and your choice of cookie, pastry or sandwich.

Items in the shop at Västergötlands museum.