The Faktori Museum is actually a great place to 'freak' around a little bit with your camera. It is not that often that you can get so close to those old industrial machines and be able to take pictures of them. The machines at the Faktori Museum are (often) not fenced off, so you can get as close to them as you like. Now lucky me had the task to do exactly that for my jobb! A great excuse to go back here another time and now look at all the machinery, but now with different eyes. I had the museum almost to myself, which was absolutely great. Enough time just to walk around and take my time taking some photos.
Don't forget your flash, you'll need it! The light inside the museum is now perfect to take pictures and does need help with some flash.
If you walk up the stairs in the Faktori Museum, you will leave the steam engine and industrial part of the museum behind you and now will end up in an area devoted to Eskilstuna's past. One of the things you can read, see and learn all about is the presence of the vikings in this area. A great example of that are the many rune stones still to be found in and around Eskilstuna, of which the Sigurdsristningen is the most famous.
There is also a whole section devoted to the order of St.John and Saint Eskil, who played an important role in the history of Eskilstuna. There are quite a few items on display which have been found at the former Johanniter (order of St.John) monastery.
In this upper part of the museum you can see items that are typical for Eskilstuna. Eskilstuna has always been an industrial city and during its history has focused on a few areas. The main one has been metal and metal forging. And that shows in the products that come from this town. Weapons, instruments, nails, knives, but also cutlery.
A fun detail in Eskilstuna and Sweden's history: did you know that coffee was forbidden to drink for a while in the 17th century? This was a heavy blow for the Swedes as they are true lovers of this drink. And they still are! Swedes are one of the countries that drink the most coffee per capita in the world.
My tour around the museum has come to an end and it's time to get outside again for some fresh air. And what a better place to be than actually right here, outside the Faktori Museum. This is one of my favourite spots in Eskilstuna as the views over the Eskilstunaån are so beautiful on a quiet sunny day like this. You can see a tiny bit of the museum on the left side of the picture.
I crossed the little green bridge on the right to get to the other side of the river and from here you have the best views. The weather in this part of Sweden is often very calm and a perfect 'reflection photo day' like this are quite common. So if you like industrial past in combination with reflections: this is your place to be!