Lulea is a vibrant cultural city with many outing possibilities, both for visitors and inhabitants. For those interested in culture and history, perhaps there are even too many activities too fit in. But don´t worry! To help and ease your excursions and cultural encounters, we have put together some of our highlights for visitors to see. So, make your own choises based on your interests. Museums, exhibitions or historical places?

Museums & exhibitions

Aviation Museum F 21

The museum reflects a broad spectrum of different stages and the various aircraft types from the history of Norrbotten Wing, F 21. Our JA 37 Viggen Flight Simulator gives you a cool and realistic flight experience.

Open Air Museum Hägnan

At Hägnan the whole family can meeet the cultural history of Norrbotten in an entertaining way. The open air museum boasts a wonderful park, exciting historical milleus and you can meet traditional domestic animals. During the summerseason Hägnan is open on a daily basis and have a range of events for children and adults.

Gammelstad Visitor Centre

Gammelstad Visitor Centre is a place where you can learn more about Gammelstad’s fascinating history. 

Exhibition There is an exhibition on the top floor of the Visitor Centre about the history of Gammelstad Church Town. There is also slideshows about Gammelstad.

Guided tours  Gammelstad Visitor Centre offers guided tours of Gammelstad Church Town all year round. Tours on specific dates and times, book now at www.lulea.se/gammelstad/book.

The Bothnia Railway Museum

The Bothnia Railway Museum is one of the largest railway museums in Sweden. It recreates historic railway environments on the very place where once iron ore was smelted in Luleå Järnverk, surrounded by the village of Karlsvik. Ore and other goods were transported on the privately-owned Gammelstad - Karlsvikshyttans Järnväg (GKJ), now with historic trains, from the main line Malmbanan, a remarkable railway in many aspects.

Museum of Norrbotten

Norrbottens museum is located in Luleå center. It is a county museum characterized by the 10 000 year old history and multicultural enviroment of Swedish lapland. You can also visit their café or buy traditional handicraft and literature from the museum shop.

Soldier's home

Restored soldier's home with period interior including equipment and clothing. An interesting story about the area and life at a soldier's home. Guided tours and opened only by arrangement.

Legend trail

Legend trail is a 53 km long cultural trail that makes history come alive and takes you to places where unexplained events are said to have occurred. The site is located in four places where supernatural phenomena are said to have occurred. On each site there is an information plate with a local legend reproduced in Swedish and English, as well as a QR code where you can get the message read with your smartphone. The trail is open during  swow-free grounds for all and totally free.

World Heritage Gammelstad Church Town

Gammelstad Church Town was included in UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1996, and is thereby covered by "The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage". The objects on the World Heritage List all bear unique testimony to the history of the world and mankind. They are invaluable to humanity and must be preserved for posterity. The list contains abuot 750 cultural and natural environments of which the Great Wall of China, the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and Sveaborg outside Helsinki are among the better known. As well as Gammelstad Church Town, Norrbotten also has the World Heritage Laponia, which is the largest area of wilderness in Europe.

Gammelstad is an outstanding example of a Northern Scandinavian church town. More than 400 cottages, which were used on Sundays and during major religious festivals, markets and local courts, are grouped around the late medieval stone church in Gammelstad. The cottages served as overnight stop for parishioners who lived too far away to make the journey to the church and back in one day. The City of Luleå was founded around the old church in the 17th century. Today Gammelstad consists of a unique assortment of church cottages, year-round dwellings and public buildings. The church cottages are still used in a traditional way.

For more info visit: www.lulea.se/gammelstad

Art and culture

Galleri Skåda

Galleri Skåda is a small gallery on Stationsgatan 38, run by Skådebanan i Norrbotten, an art society, in Luleå. Both separate exhibitions and collections. Small shop with graphic art.

Art Gallery - Luleå Culture House

Museum with contemporary art, focused on the north of Sweden. 25-30 exhibitions every year. Small café and shop. Over 800 square metres of exhibition area.

Lindbergs Konst & Ram

Welcome to Lindberg's Art & Frame in Lulea. The shop on Skeppsbrogatan in Luleå has original art on the walls and shelves, as well as big directories where you can choose from thousands of really good prints. We also organize regular exhibitions of interesting artists.

Kulturens hus 

In the middle of Luleå there is an oasis for music and lovers of culture.On our stages we offer you everything from rock music, pop music and jazz over to classical music, dance and children’s performances, something for every liking.

The exciting architecture of the building is noticeable especially in the library. An open space in three floors, built to let thoughts and ideas in. A room with a view, in fact the best view in town! The venue accommodates 2 concert halls, library, art gallery, restaurant, tourist and conference facilities.

Norrbottensteatern

Norrbotten theatre is situated in the northern harbour in Luleå city centre. They have three scenes of varying size. In the theatre foyer you find the restaurant Bistor Norrland.

Stores

  • In Gammelstad Church Town you will find Shop in Lapland, selling artwork and cultural artifacts specific to Norrbotten County and Swedish Lapland. Examples of things you can find there are traditional Sami clothes, classical crafts from the Bothnian region and jewellery.
  • In central Luleå you will find the shop, Lapland Heartwork, offering a truly original selection of local art and gifts to take home as a reminder of Luleå and Norrbotten.
  • The Sami shop, Biergo, covers all aspects of Sami culture and in addition to cultural history and Sami experiences, they also sell art in their shop in central Luleå.