Our main exhibition The story of IKEA takes you from the very beginning at Ingvar Kamprad’s childhood farm home in Agunnaryd, to the first IKEA store in Älmhult and out into the world. The exhibition is divided into three sections: Our roots, IKEA through the ages and The many sides of Ingvar Kamprad. We also put on various temporary exhibitions every year which are not to be missed!

our roots

Our roots

The young Ingvar Kamprad wanted to sell furniture and accessories that were well-designed, worked well and were affordable. What inspired him?  Where did his desire to create a better everyday life for the many people come from?

We take closer look at everyday life in 19th century Småland, Ingvar Kamprad's childhood on Elmtaryd Farm, and the 20th century transformation of Swedish society where a new vision of home led the way. Our Roots explores the society, living conditions and spirit that prevailed in the Sweden that fostered a young boy's emerging business.


IKEA sees the light of day

One summer day in 1943 Ingvar Kamprad took off by bicycle to Bankaboda to see his main guardian. He carried with him a document from his father Feodor. It gave the young man permission to start a business. After some convincing, he got the document signed by the main guardian. He named the company IKEA.

IKEA through the ages

Reflections, ideas, solutions, successes, failures and lesson learned - some of the many things that have shaped IKEA and continue to drive it forwards. This is what you'll find in the IKEA through the ages section, where we start with the opening of the very first IKEA store in 1958 and then take a look at what's happened over the years.

At this part of the exhibition you can also grab a copy of the cover of this year's IKEA Catalogue – with you on it!


An instant classic

IKEA PS is an innovative range of modern, everyday furniture, firmly rooted in Scandinavian design. The first collection was launched in 1995, including the IKEA PS Klocka, by the designer Thomas Eriksson: "IKEA PS 1995 clock has a shape that looks like an old Swedish grandfather clock from the province of Dalarna or a guitar.” Since 1999 the IKEA PS Klocka is part of the collections of the Nationalmuseum in Sweden. A unique mini version is for sale in the IKEA Museums shop. 
To this day 164 designers have worked with and for the PS collection, in all 489 products.

The many sides of Ingvar Kamprad

Are you curious about Ingvar Kamprad? Would you like to find out more about him? In this exhibition, you can discover him from five different perspectives.

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PLAY! A playful experience

Let your imagination and creativity run riot in our creative workshop! Come visit the interactive exhibition PLAY! – a fun experience for guests of all ages, in a playful world at IKEA Museum.

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Previous exhibitions

Book a tour

Gather your friends, coworkers or association for a tour of the exhibitions at IKEA Museum.

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The shop

Indulge yourself or buy gifts for your friends and family. A lot of the things on sale here can not be bought anywhere else.

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The IKEA Museum School Programme focuses on three areas: entrepreneurship, technology and design, history and society. Welcome!

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