A person making their own paper by hand.
Photo: Ola Myrin, Tumba Paper Mill Museum/SHM.
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Make your Own Paper

Papermaking by hand is at the heart of the museum's activities. Our workshop is located in the Röda magasinet building, which also houses the exhibition on the history of paper. We make paper by hand with cotton pulp that we grind ourselves. Did you know that you too can make paper at the museum? It's easy, and our knowledgeable staff will guide you through the whole process.

How to make paper

Paper has a two-thousand-year history. Today, most paper is made with various forms of wood pulp. But originally, old clothes and rags (fibre material) were used. This was also the case at the Tumba Paper Mill, where linen fibre was originally used as raw material. Today, cotton is used to make banknote paper. When we make paper at Tumba Paper Mill Museum today, we grind pulp in a machine called the Dutchman.

A waterdrop coming of a piece of paper
Photo: Ola Myrin, Tumba Paper Mill Museum/SHM.

Papermaking tour

In our paper workshop, we both show and tell you about the hand papermaking process at the Tumba Paper Mill and this art form that is over 2,000 years old. After the tour, you can try your hand at creating your own sheet of paper from scratch.

The tour is suitable for adults and families. Recommended for ages 6 and up. 

A museum educator holding up a piece of handmade paper
Photo: Erik Lernestål, Tumba Paper Mill Museum/SHM.

Date and time

On Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays there is a Swedish tour at 14.00–14.40. Please ask at the reception desk if you are interested in participating in a tour in English.

Cost and booking

SEK 75 for adults and free of charge for children up to age 18. Trying your hand a papermaking during the tour costs SEK 50. We will send the sheet of paper to your home once it has dried. You can buy tickets for the tour in the main entrance/reception of the museum in the Oxhuset building on the same day from 11:00 onwards. First come, first served. No pre-booking. 

Book a group tour

You are welcome to book a private tour focusing on the papermaking process or about banknote paper. The tour ends with you trying your hand at making your own paper. The tour takes 60 minutes. 

Museum educator showing the group the process of papermaking.
Photo: Ola Myrin, Tumba Paper Mill Museum/SHM.

Private workshops

Are you planning a hen party, bachelorette, naming ceremony, kick-off, conference or birthday celebration? We are happy to organise a workshop for your group. Why not combine papermaking by hand with some lovely bubbly or a cosy coffee party with delicious pastries? 

Close up on handmade paper.
Photo: Ola Myrin, Tumba Paper Mill Museum,/SHM.

For parents with babies

Are you on parental leave? Why not create a memory that lasts a lifetime and make an impression of your baby's hand or foot? The activity is suitable for babies 3–12 months of age.

A woman holding her baby next to a museum educator.
Photo: Ola Myrin. Tumba Paper Mill Museum/SHM.
Wooden frames and a stack of paper.
Stacks of paper, envelopes and wooden frames.

Photo: Ola Myrin, Tumba Paper Mill Museum/SHM.

For school groups

For schools, there are several school programmes focusing on paper as well as continuing professional development for teachers. 

A group of student listening to a guided tour
Photo: Ola Myrin, Tumba Paper Mill Museum/SHM.


Tumba Paper Mill Museum is a beautiful historic setting for conferences. Give your event something extra with a guided tour where we tell you about the exciting history of the mill or a workshop in papermaking.

Close up on a hand holding a cup of coffee
Photo: Jens Mohr, Tumba Paper Mill Museum/SHM.

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