Illustration of people in an exhibition
Illustration of the upcoming exhibition MONEY! Rendering: Ralph Appelbaum Associates.


In the exhibition MONEY! you can take a journey through Sweden's history and discover how money and economics have changed society and people's lives. Opens June 1, 2024.

Throughout history. And in your life.

Once upon a time, it was revolutionary to pay with a banknote and it was a luxury to have goods from China. Today, we have become accustomed to money being invisible and it is easy to buy things from the other side of the world. How did it come to be like this? And what exactly is money?

In the exhibition, you can see a wide selection of objects that tell the story of money and economics throughout Sweden's history.

What will I see?

Among the 3,000 objects on display are the world's largest coin, Sweden's first banknotes, and a bitcoin ATM. A wide selection of objects tell the story of economics and trade. Visitors will be able to see exciting treasures such as the Lohe treasure, stock certificates from the Swedish East India Company, and ration coupons from World War II.

Person with white gloves holding a large rectangular coin.
Photo: Jens Mohr, The Economy Museum/SHM, CC-BY 4.0.

Full of interactivity

In the exhibition MONEY!, there are several interactive sections, games, and tactile copies of objects. You can also try lifting a replica of the world's largest coin. There is also an interactive exhibition called 'The Economy Lab,' designed especially for school students and families, but everyone is welcome!

Adult and child playing with balls in an interactive exhibiiton
Photo: Jens Mohr,The Economy Museum/SHM.

Fun and games

In the digital game The Money Matrix, your challenge is to uncover the secret agents hiding in various historical time periods.

You can also do a fictional job interview to see what job you would have had if you had lived in the 1800s.

What is money?

Money has existed in many different forms throughout history. If people agree on it, almost anything can be used as payment. Money is created in the interactions between people.

In the exhibition, you can see a Rai stone that has been used as money on an island in the Pacific Ocean, cowrie shells that have been used in several different places, and Sweden's first coin minted during the reign of Olof Skötkonung. Among many other things!

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About the museum

The Economy Museum – The Royal Coin Cabinet is a place for economic learning. Through exhibitions, lectures, and other activities, we aim to inspire and foster curiosity about the role of economics in history and in our daily lives. With origins dating back to 1572, it is one of Sweden's oldest museums. Our collections comprise around 650,000 items - coins, banknotes, medals, stock certificates, and other objects that tell stories about economics and trade, history, and culture.

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