On the 11th of July 1897, a gas balloon called Örnen (“The Eagle”) took off from Danes Island in Svalbard. On-board were three men: Salomon August Andrée, Nils Strindberg and Knut Frænkel. Their goal was to fly over the North Pole, thus becoming the first people to reach this yet undiscovered part of the world. It was a magnificent and daring project. Unfortunately, their flight was interrupted because of bad weather conditions on the 14th of July. Now the real adventure began: surviving in the Arctic.
The journey of the three men are shown on the museum’s two floors, both the preparations and the expedition itself. The exhibition was rebuilt during 2017 and 2018, and we can now present Andrée’s polar expedition with modern techniques and a short film.
After having wandered on the ice for several weeks the expedition finally perished on an island called Kvitøya in the northeast of Svalbard. The exact cause of their deaths is a question that has yet to find its answer. In a three dimensional experience (AR application) the doctor and author Bea Uusma presents her theory about what happened to the members of the expedition during the last days on Kvitøya in 1897.
We also present other polar expeditions and polar history in the museum.
Temporary exhibitions are held in our Gallery.
Opposite the museum’s main building lies Franckska gården, a building from the middle of the 17th century and one of the oldest ones in Gränna. Inside, you will find smaller exhibitions about the local history.
A few kilometres south of Gränna lies the village of Röttle. During the summer the museum operates an old mill there called Rasmus Mill, from the 17th century, to show how flour used to be grinded with hydropower. A little further down the stream lies another old mill, Jerusalem’s Mill. This mill dates back to the 13th century and is one of the oldest non-ecclesiastical buildings in Sweden.
On top of the hill beside Gränna (the “Gränna Mountain”), there is an outdoor museum with several cultural-historical buildings. From up here you also have a fantastic view over Gränna, Lake Vättern and the island of Visingsö.
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Closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Schools within the Jönköping municipality (up to and including 9th grade) enters free of charge.
Brahegatan 38-40, Grenna Kulturgård, Gränna, Sweden
May 1 – Sept 30
6 aug – 2 sep: 12.00 – 20.00