This article explores how national narratives were performed and displayed at Nordiska museet and Skansen from late 19th century until the end of the 20th century. It shows how the museumâ€™s national narratives were negotiated and transformed in the wake of new political orientations; from the utopia of â€śfolkhemmetâ€ť to contemporary visions of the multi-cultural society. Nordiska museet and Skansen have strongly been associated with successful nationmaking. This notion however tends to suppress a prevailing tension between the museumâ€™s Nordicness and its Swedishness. From very early on Artur Hazelius collected objects from an indecisive Nordic area; including Russia and Germany. After his death in 1901 efforts were made to nationalize Nordiska museet and Skansen. From time to time the museumâ€™s Nordic identity has been mobilized; a story that run parallel with tendencies to reject the museumâ€™s Scandinavianist legacy; a legacy dating back to a period when the contemporary Nordic nationstates were yet not politically or culturally defined.