The ABBA museum does not mess around
Don’t wait till you win your Nobel to visit Stockholm. Built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, it's known for restaurants, bars, museums, and some amazing architecture that's been around forever. It’s also home to perhaps the country’s most Swedish attraction. It’s ABBA: The Museum, which I had explained to me by a dude named Erik at my hotel bar.
"You get to sing with Abba," he said. And yes, it's true -- sorta. You get to grab a mic and sing along to the group's hit singles karaoke-style while 3-D computer-generated avatars of the band members dance in the background.
Also, there’s a telephone that only rings when one of the four band members calls the number. And a self-playing piano is remotely connected to another piano in the home of member Benny Andersson. It plays when he plays. Sounds nuts, right? But if you’re going to name a thing ABBA: The Museum it better be at least as cool as Spaceballs: The Flamethrower.
"Does everybody in Sweden love ABBA?" I asked Erik.
"They're popular, but we get sick of hearing about them," he said. Then he asked: "So you're American?"
"How would you like being asked about Michael Jackson all the time?"