Three of the museum’s four buildings are new, displaying modern exhibitions. It is an exiting environment, full of tradition, and now enriched with contemporary architecture and design. Sweden’s banknote and papermaking history is told in a lively fashion, from the 17th century until the present. During the guided tours we show how to make paper by hand.
In the middle of the 18th century the central bank of Sweden (Sveriges Rikes Ständers Bank) were in a quite troublesome situation. The bank used to buy it´s banknote paper from abroad, mostly paper of dutch origin. But the promises regarding the security and non-availability of this particular paper to other customers than intended showed to be worth less than nothing. Every now and then false banknotes appeared in circulation and a lot of them were printed on the correct paper, that is to say the very same paper that no one else except the Swedish central bank officially could buy.
As a result the central bank of Sweden decided in 1755 to build their own paper mill, with the main subject to supply the bank with a certain kind of secure paper, impossible to falsify and carefully designed with special watermarks and whatever other security features that could be invented regarding the paper.
Tumba Papermill Museum was also nominated as the only swedish candidate to European Museum of the Year Award in 2008.
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The Oxen house
Photo: Gabriel Hildebrand
Looking back today the Tumba Paper Mill boasts 250 years of unbroken and continuous tradition in bank note paper making.
After extensive renovation the museum was reopened in June 2005.
You will meet Dutch paper masters, people from the mill and a schoolmistress who lived and worked at the mill. It is a small community in a large context. All visits to the museum are free.
Audioguide in english
Now we can offer an audioguide in english. Please ask when entering the museum.
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