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Why Are Swedish Museums So Morbid?

I was in Stockholm recently, and one thing that struck me is how morbid the museums are.  They love showing skulls, skeletons, faces reconstructed from skulls, ghostly visuals, etc.  Don’t get me wrong – I think this is great.  It really makes history come alive (ironically) and forces you to think about the lives of those who came before.  It was just a little unnerving to see so many bones; I’ve never seen such an obsession with death in any other country’s museums.  But what else would you expect from the nation of Ingmar Bergman?

Here’s a gallery of some of the scariest exhibits in Sweden.  The exhibit on the 1361 Battle of Gotland in the Historiska museum was particularly graphic.  Happy early Halloween!

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