Finally, a museum that’s not boring! As homage to the sequin-stained glitz and glamor that was the 1970s, the city of Stockholm last week opened a museum dedicated to one of Sweden’s best-known exports: the musical group ABBA. Formed in 1972 by married couples Agnetha Fältskog & Björn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Lyngstad & Benny Anderson, the quartet rocketed to international stardom after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. During their 10 years as a group, ABBA sold over 370 million albums and singles worldwide; they still sell millions of records a year. The group’s name is an amalgamation of the members’ names.
Inspired by The Beatles Museum in Liverpool, England, the ABBA Museum has been a decade in the making. But, as the group promises, it will be “a fun and swinging museum to visit.” Housed in the same building as the Swedish Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, the ABBA Museum traces the group’s history, beginning with Ulvaeus’ days as a folk singer in the 1960s. The museum is tech-friendly, says managing director Mattias Hamsson, as visitors can remix such ABBA classics as “Take a Chance on Me,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You” and “Dancing Queen” (perhaps the gayest song ever made) and sing alongside 3D holograms of the band. As you have guessed, it also sells CDs of those songs and ABBA-related merchandise.
ABBA last performed publicly in December 1982. They never formally announced their dissolution, but it was obvious after a while that they were no more. The 2 couples each divorced afterwards, married other people and continued with their respective solo musical careers. As bad as the 1970s were, that decade still produced some of the best music. A visit to the ABBA Museum might give you a headache from all that glitter, but it’s surely better than browsing through an IKEA store!
Take a Chance on Me
Knowing Me, Knowing You