It rarely happens to me to come back to the musem I have visited before only for one exhibition. Unless I have guests, who would like to see it, but that also doesn't happen too often ;) In the Nordic Museum I have already been 3 times and I really liked it - they used to have nice exhibitions about the culture of Scandinavian countries, focusing on Sweden naturally. After having read positive comments about exhibition Nordiskt ljus - Nordic light, I decided that I have to see it. But I didn't want to pay again 100 SEK just for one exhibition, so I used a possibility that on Wednesdays (17-20) out of the season there is free entrance to Nordiska Museet.
The exhibition seems to start in a great way. From a tunnel with words Aurora Borealis and information that here we can experience the northern lights. Taking into account that I've been living in Sweden for a couple of winters and I have never seen northern lights, I thought that I can see at least what the museum presents... ;) And it was poor. We enter then short tunnel and then the dark room, where we're supposed to wait till we get used to darkness and then pay attention to some lights appearing. It could have sense if people were grouped and enterred all together for this experience. But no, all the time someone was enterring and leaving, we could see the light from outside then, additionally people were cannoning into each other in the darkness, often also using torches in their mobiles... After longer moment I gave up and went out - the idea was good, but the organization wasn't, sadly.
Nordic light is an exhibition which is supposed to take us into the journey from the darkness to the electricity. We'll see here what the role of the light is in the country, where half of the year is almost complete darkness and for another half a year people forget what night means (of course, not in every part, but let's generalize a bit... ;) ). We'll learn the history of electricity development in Sweden and read what people used for lightening the darkness of Scandinavian nights. We will learn also how the long darkness impacted the Scandinavians' imagination and appearning of various creatures in their stories. The exhibition's authors presented here a lot of interesting things.
I found it interesting that in the times, when houses were lightened with candles, everything depended on... cranes. When the birds were coming back in the spring, it meant that it's time to stop using candles - the days were long enough to enjoy the daylight. It was improtant because the candles were used sparingly and the only place where people could see more of them was a church.
From medieval times let's move to the more modern ones. From willing to get light and fire, to the moments such as second world war, when it was needed to hide the light to avoid the bombing. And in the end we'll see the modern models of the lamps, like IKEA ;). What's interesting, some part of the exhibition was multimedial, which children should like. Some parts lighten up, if we touch them in the proper place with a stick candle-shaped :).
As Nordiska focuses on the Nordic traditions, there must have been a separate part about them. We could learn there the role of the light in various Swedish holidays and celebrations. We'll see the Christmas lights and the Advent star, we'll read about Midsummer traditions and a big fire on Walpurgis night... Everything, naturally, both in English and Swedish.
Seeing the whole exhibition may take around an hour. Is it worth? In my opinion, definitely it is, since it was prepared with many details and we could learn there many interesting things. Therefore, if you have such an opportunity to go to Nordiska, I really recommend - the exhibition started in the end of October 2016 and will be there until further notice, so till they will prepare a new temporary exhibition. But they have probably already removed Christmas tree... ;)