One of the most popular attractions in Jämtland
TEXT: SOFIA SCRATTON | PHOTOS © JAMTLI
Jamtli is the regional museum of Härjedalen and Jämtland, located in Östersund. It includes an open-air museum with recreations of historical buildings as well as an indoor museum that has both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Since the 1980s, Jamtli has been working on the living history project Jamtli Historyland, which has helped to make Jamtli – literally translating as ‘hillside of Jämtland’ – one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region.
During the summer, Jamtli Historyland takes place in the open-air museum, brought to life by actors and animals. Visitors are invited to take part in various role-playing activities that demonstrate how people lived in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
The new arena for art and design, Nationalmuseum Jamtli, opened officially at Jamtli in June 2018 and is a branch of the Swedish National Museum. The current exhibition, Sex sekler av samtid (Six centuries of contemporary art) offers art from six centuries, including works by Rembrandt, Rubens, Alexander Roslin, Ulrica Fredrika Pasch, Jenny Nyström and Carl Larsson. The exhibition takes visitors through art from the 16th century right up to the present day. It will be exhibited until May, when it will be replaced by the new exhibition Från gryning till skymning (Dawn to dusk) from Nationalmuseum’s collection.
Guests can also enjoy a visit to Jamtli’s cafe at the heart of the museum. In the summer, the doors open to a lovely courtyard, which is very popular on sunny days. The museum shop has been described as Östersund’s best gift shop, and the restaurant Hov, Östersund’s oldest restaurant, at the heart of Jamtli, serves up tasty lunch and dinner. Guests can also stay overnight at Jamtli’s own hostel, which is located in the centre of the 1895 quarters of Jamtli.