I had high hopes for a deep analysis of ABBA's rise and fall, and neverending resurgence. But the displays were mostly superficial, which is perhaps appropriate for the sort of unchallenging pop music they produced.
Perhaps the best bits were the video where film director Lasse Hallstrom recounts the making-of their extremely low-budget and quickly produced - but rather innovative - videos. The discussion of their very talented and underappreciated sidemen was also useful (and honorable, given their anonymity).
But they wasted space with a large display showing what their backstage area looked like, and the interactive displays were mostly underwhelming, e.g. remixing a tune. Contemporary interviews with the members could have been much longer and substantial. Worst of all, the museum completely glosses over the cracks that led to ABBA's demise - the broken relationships, etc. You get to the end of the tour, and there's a cursory mention of their break-up, and that's it.
There is nothing to place the band within the context of its times -- though we do learn that the Swedish cognoscenti initially hated them. But what about when they became famous?). And what of ABBA's influence on current pop? None, I dare say.
You exit through the Swedish Music Hall of Fame, which should be amazing, but is similarly woeful. The gift shop was surprisingly limited. If you are a middle-aged granny, you will like this museum. Inquisitive folks will feel let down.
The museum should also ban visitors from wearing backbacks. Every time they turn around they unwittingly hit someone.
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