ABBA return to Arlanda Airport
Visitors arriving at Stockholm Arlanda Airport are being treated to a unique preview of ABBA The Museum which opens in Stockholm next year.
ABBA The Museum, part of the Swedish Music Hall of Fame, will open on the island of Djurgården in Stockholm on 7 May 2013. The museum’s Curator Ingmarie Halling, Managing Director Mattias Hansson and CEO Catorina Falkenhav have this week unveiled an exhibition in Arlanda’s Terminal 5 showing some of what the museum has to offer.
Among the rarities on display at the airport is an authentic gold disc for sales of the single Waterloo, and specially sewn replicas of ABBA’s spectacular 1974 Eurovision Song Contest costumes.
Jonas Åkerlund’s 2010 film about ABBA plays on a large video screen, whilst in the baggage hall travellers are welcomed by the puppets created for The Last Video, and in a bizarre twist, by a 14 metre ABBA poster.
A poster of ABBA that previously welcomed visitors to Stockholm was removed from the arrivals hall of Arlanda Airport earlier this year at Benny Andersson’s request following a dispute with Stockholm City Council.
According to Arlanda’s Accounts Director, Micke Bayar, the airport has installed “security that even James Bond couldn’t get through” in order to protect the priceless ABBA artefacts.
Jan Lindqvist, Swedavia Arlanda’s Communication Manager said: “With nearly 20 million passengers annually, Arlanda is the main gateway to Stockholm. We want to show visitors what the region has to offer and of course ABBA The Museum is a new and very attractive destination.”
“ABBA was the first major Swedish music export. Therefore, it feels very good and right that the airport that handles a large part of Sweden’s international flight connections should show the preview of ABBA The Museum.” Lindqvist continued.
This exhibition will end in May, when the museum opens. But the airport’s collaboration with ABBA The Museum extends over several years and will involve ongoing smaller displays in different locations around the airport. There will also be competitions to win tickets to the museum, as well as other ABBA-related activities.
Tickets to the museum will be on sale at the SJ ticket office in the airport’s Sky City as well as online.
- Arlanda Airport and ABBA The Museum news article (in Swedish)
- Express newspaper article – ABBA artefacts protected (in English)
- ABBA The Museum official website
- Stockholm Arlanda Airport website
- SJ ticket office website
- ABBA The Museum to open 7 May 2013
- ABBA poster at Arlanda airport replaced by Loreen