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In the heart of a landscape rich in culture lies Västergötlands museum, in the medieval town Skara. Here, we exhibit over 10 000 years of this landscape’s unique history. Our collections are one of the largest in the country and form the basis of our permanent exhibitions.


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Getting Here

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. If you are using public transport, stop at Skara bus station. If you are traveling by car or have booked a bus for your group, there is a car park outside the museum grounds.

Visiting Adress: Stadsträdgården, 532 31 Skara

Travel By Public Transport

Getting here by public transport is easy. Buses from several other towns, such as Skövde, Falköping and Lidköping, stop at Skara bus station. From here you will reach the museum after a 10 – 15 minute walk north. Follow Järnvägsgatan, pass the cathedral and the old library and follow Veterinärgatan or Trädgårdsgatan down to the stream.

Here you find Skara skolscen (in Swedish), a drama school that has educated actors for over 60 years. Opposite the drama school lies Veterinärhistoriska museet (in Swedish), the veterinary history museum. Here, Peter Hernquist founded Sweden’s first veterinary school in 1775. In the museum you will see the profession’s development over the past 250 years.

When you reach the wooden bridge over Drysan you will see the museum on the other side of the park Stadsträdgården. Follow the footpath past Kråks manor and arrive at the museum’s entrance on the right (eastern) side of the old building.

In the cellar of Kråks manor lies Kråks värdshus (in Swedish). Here, lunch is served weekdays from 11.30 a.m. – 2 p.m. NOTE! Kråks is closed for lunch from July 1st, but is open in the evenings from Wednesday to Saturday starting at 5 PM. The restaurant also serves booked groups, conferences, weddings and more.

Country road in Västergötland

Travel By Car

The museum has a large car park for passenger cars and buses. There is no parking fee (i.e. you may park here for free up to 24 hours). Parking spaces for the disabled can be found on the gable of the old museum building, near the entrance.

WGS 84 (lat, lon): 58° 23′ 23″ N, 13° 26′ 26″ E
WGS 84 decimal (lat, lon): 58.3898°, 13.4406°

Opening Hours

The museum is open Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Irregular opening hours occur in relation to events, such as Wednesday evenings when we usually host a lecturer, a guided tour or some other activity.

Fornbyn is open every non-holiday weekday between October 1 – April 30; every day between May 1 – September 30.

Kata Gård in Varnhem is open during the summer months.

Opening Hours in Detail

Free Admission

There is free admission to Västergötlands museum, Fornbyn and Kata Gård in Varnhem. There are admission fees/tickets to some events and activities, in which case the price is posted in the event details.

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We want everyone to be able to visit us regardless of obstacles. For example, no perfume is used in cleaning agents and no animals (except guide dogs) are allowed in the museum.

We have compiled an information page about accessibility in the museum and what aids are available for you. If you are looking for information with great detail, we recommend that you visit the Accessibility Database. There you will find information about the museum in Skara and about Kata Gård in Varnhem.