There are rooms where time has stood still. Textiles and gilt leather glitter in the state apartment rooms. But the banquet hall remains unfinished, just as the artisans abandoned it in 1676. The armoury is untouched, full of the modern weapons of the day and exotic items from all over the world.
The castle´s unique interiors contain 50,000 exhibits, each more gorgeous and remarkable than the next: weapons and tools, silver and status furniture, textiles, books and ethnographic rarities. Wrangel was a powerful person, a seeker of innovation, an important collector and a con-sumer of luxuries, and in Skokloster he created an official residence in the European fashion.
The castle can be regarded as one huge cabinet of art, reflecting the world and the period´s ambitions to collect the very finest that people and nature could create. Skokloster is the largest private palace ever built in Sweden. It took a quarter of a century to build, yet was never completed.
Since Wrangel´s time, the Brahe family has made its mark on the castle, and so some interiors reflect the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Skokloster has been a national museum since 1967. During the 1970s, the court architect Ove Hidemark carried out a groundbreaking restoration that has become the model for the conservation of our cultural heritage today.