The Avicii Experience, a museum that celebrates the life and work of the late, genre-defining producer and DJ, Avicii (born Tim Bergling), opened in his hometown of Stockholm on February 25. Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia led the museum’s opening ceremonies, alongside the artist’s father, Klas Bergling.
According to the museum’s official website, the Avicii Experience offers fans an opportunity to not only learn about the artist’s incredible contributions to electronic music, but to also gain a better understanding of his creative process, including many of his best-selling collaborations. Additionally, visitors will be able to hear previously unreleased material from the DJ’s posthumous album, Tim, as well as rare early versions of his 2011 breakthrough hit, “Levels.”
Within the 3,700-square foot gallery, fans and music lovers alike can honor Bergling through exhibits detailing his life — including an exact replica of his childhood bedroom. The team behind the museum, notably the Experience’s Content Producer, Lisa Halling-Aadland, told Billboard, “The idea here is to give the visitor a sense of, ‘This could have been my brother; this could have been my friend,’ super relatable.”
Much of the museum’s content and development was guided by Klas, as well as by Avicii’s mother, actress Anki Lidén. “There’s no way any of this could have happened without Klas and Anki,” added Halling-Aadland. “They provided props, information, instruments, guidance, literally everything.”
Located in a digital culture center called Space, The Avicii Experience is produced by Pophouse Entertainment, who previously opened an ABBA museum in Stockholm in 2013. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit the Tim Bergling Foundation, which “advocates for the recognition of suicide as a global health emergency and actively works to remove the stigma attached to suicide and mental health issues,” according to its website. Klas Bergling, who founded the organization after his son’s untimely death, praised the new exhibit in a statement. “Tim would have been incredibly proud to be represented like this. The mix of a new digital take in combination with a classic museum would have appealed to him.”
In addition to the museum, the late EDM star and his musical legacy have been honored in a variety of ways, including through an official biography, which arrived late last year. Last May, one of Sweden’s biggest concert venues, the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, was officially renamed the “Avicii Arena.”
The acclaimed artist is also set to be the subject of a 2023 documentary, directed by Henrik Burman (Yung Lean: In My Head). According to a statement, the film will provide a deeper look into the “music and the artist who defined an era and changed the world of music forever, and is an up-close, intimate, and epic story about his unparalleled successes and his struggles to cope with the pressure.”