As a European Capital of Culture in 2014, Umeå offers visitors an almost endless array of activities during the year. One of the most exciting of these is the opening of the new Guitar Museum, which is located in the grandiose premises once used by the Vasa School.
From February next year, the general public will be able to take a first-hand look at the Umeå brothers Samuel and Michael Åhdén's fantastic collection of guitars - one of the world's largest privately owned collections.
For more than 40 years, the twin brothers have collected guitars, bases, amplifiers and other musical items that together make up a collection of around 500 pieces that will now be exhibited in the new museum in central Umeå.
Not only will the property house the museum, there will also be a bar/restaurant, a music store, premises that can be used for temporary exhibitions, and all the live music activities that have previously been located in Scharinska Villan.
This means that one of Umeå's most well-known live music scenes is moving in, all with the aim of creating a house of music with something for all tastes and thirsts for musical experiences.
Six months prior to its opening, the Guitar Museum had already attracted a fair amount of international attention. For example, guests from Guitarist Magazine have said that the collection in Umeå is the best they have ever seen - above all else because it is so complete.
When the new website was launched, it received 900 "likes" on the first day alone, and the frequency of visits to the site continues to be high.
However, at the official opening of the premises in February, only Swedish bands and artists will be taking the stage, with international acts having to wait a few months for their turn - and then only those who honour the true and noble art of the guitar … at least according to the promises that have been made.
During 2014, in addition to exhibitions, the Guitar Museum will also be arranging lectures, clinics with world-famous guitarists and presentations of the latest news and developments within the guitar world.