Lidingö is a posh island to the northeast of downtown Stockholm, known for expensive real estate, the world's biggest cross-country footrace, and not much more. An exception: The home of Sweden's greatest sculptor Carl Milles ("mill-less," not "mills," 1875–1955) and the open-air museum he left behind. Works of Milles can be found at 27 locations around town, for example Hötorget (the Orpheus fountain), outside the Museum of Medieval Stockholm ("The Sunsinger"), and Nacka Strand ("The Lord Placing New Stars on Heaven"). The real stash, however, is here at Millesgården, and includes replicas of Milles' works from his long and productive stint (1931–1950) as a professor in Michigan. These include his monumental and much-reproduced Hands of God sculpture.
In Milles' early works, you can see how much he was influenced by the French sculptor Rodin, and also by the Art Nouveau movement. His more mature works have an austerity to them that is both expressive and dramatic. The villa also displays his person collection of art from other leading sculptors, and a collection works spanning the ages from ancient Greece to Renaissance Italy. Consider the awe-inspiring views across the water a bonus.