- Location: Stockholm, Sweden
- Significance: 17th-century Warship
- Attraction Type: Warships, Historic Ships, Vessels
- Timings: Between 8.30 and 18.00 hrs in summer and 10.00 am and 17.00 am in winter. The museum remains closed from 23rd to 25th December and on the 1st of January.
- Admission Fee: 95 Kr for adults, and 70 Kr for groups. Students get admission for 50Kr and children and teenagers up to 18 years are free.
- How to Reach: The museum is about a 30 minutes walk from Stockholm railway station, and from t-orbit Karlaplan, it takes approximately 10 minutes. Buses 47 and 69 go from the T-center, while Bus 44 goes from Karlaplan. Line 7 tram from the City (Normalmstog).
- Nearest Airport: Stockholm International Airport
The most unique thing about Vasamuseet in Stockholm is that it is completely dedicated to the exhibition of this historic Swedish warship, Vasa. It was one of the most impressive beauties to plow the sea waves. With an infrastructure of 64 guns, it was one of the most formidable warships of that era. However, it sank during its maiden voyage in 1628.
History of the Vasamuseet
Ever since its discovery in the early 20th century, it became an object of legend and a matter of national pride for the Swedish. Renovation works were soon put into place. Initially, the ship was housed in the Wasavarvet of the ‘Vasa Shipyard’, where reconstruction works were being carried out. The too, the ship could be viewed from a distance as close as 17 feet from five levels.
Thereafter the Swedish Maritime Authority decided to create a museum specifically for the purpose of housing this grand archaeological finding. A nationwide competition was held to design the museum, and finally, the ship was housed in it.
The main hall of the Vasamuseet holds the ship. It also has a number of objects from the same archaeological expedition. The ship has been drastically remodeled and reconstructed since the time of its discovery. Three masts, winter rigging, and a new bowsprit have been added to the lower section. The ship can now be seen from six levels starting from the keel to the sterncastle.
The museum itself is stylized in bronze, wooden panels with anachronistic paints and even exposed concrete at places to resemble the atmosphere and the feel of the original warship. The exhibition has plenty of objects and artifacts from 17th century Sweden and also provides ample information on the way the ship was built. Apart from the 17th-century warship of Vasamuseet, there are quite a few other vessels too that do not fail to impress the visitors. The other popular vessels at the Vasa Museum are the ice breaker Sankt Erik from 1915, the lightvessel Finngrundet from 1903, the torpedo boat Spica from 1966 and the rescue boat Bernhard Ingelsson from 1944. Do not forget to taste the wonderful delicacies at the Vasa Restaurant during your visit to the museum. It provides a great view to go perfectly with mouth-watering preparations.
Accommodation in Stockholm
Vasamuseet is quite conveniently accessible from all parts of Stockholm. The city has a large number of hotels including luxury starred hotels as well as budget accommodations. Some of the most popular hotels in the city are Hotel Riva, Hotel Tegnerlunden, Nordic Hotels in Stockholm, Berns Hotel and Rica Hotel.