The City Museum of Gothenburg is located in an eighteenth century house originally built for the Swedish East India Company in the city centre of Gothenburg, Sweden. The museum itself was created in 1861 with the British Victoria and Albert Museum as model. The City Museum is a Cultural History museum and displays Gothenburg and West Sweden’s history from the Viking Age to present day. There is a permanent exhibition about the The East India Company – but the Maritime History of Gothenburg, however, has a museum of its own. The museum is also used as a public forum for the town planners to display new ideas and visions of the city for the citizens.