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Abba fans take a chance on Sweden's newest museum – and declare it a hit


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Instead, the museum offers an extended director's cut of the Abba World exhibition, which arrived at Earls Court, London, in 2010, offering not merely a full-size replica of the office of their late manager Stig Anderson, but full-size replicas of the band's studio, their dressing room, the cabin on the island of Viggsö where Ulvaeus and Andersson would repair to write, and even the kitchen of Ulvaeus and ex-wife Agnetha Fältskog's home, the latter noticeably more spartan than you might expect for two people who were selling millions of records a year.

It traces a chronological history, beginning with their unpromising genesis in the folk parks of 1960s Sweden – where Ulvaeus's winsome Hootennany Singers plied their trade, and Andersson's noticeably more raunchy beat combo The Hep Stars promoted their album We and Our Cadillac. Then came their Swedish breakthrough, though the band still laboured under the cumbersome name of Björn and Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid.

The museum has been a tortuous decade in the making. Inspired by the Beatles Museum in Liverpool, it was first mooted a decade ago amid much loud publicity.

Swedish politician Kristina Axén Olin said then: "As a Stockholmer, this is what you have been missing." Abba's former members issued a statement proclaiming it would be "a fun and swinging museum to visit".

Spoken as true Stockolmers!

Haha, sounds like their Waterloo.

Glad they took a chance.

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