Visit the Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum Smudgeboy/Flickr

Vasa Museum ©Smudgeboy/Flickr

If you would like to visit a truly unique and interesting museum during your Swedish vacation, I suggest you to visit the Vasa Museum. It is with no doubt one of the most popular and most interesting visitor attractions in the capital of Sweden. The astonishing Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet) is the first maritime museum in the country and it can be found in Stockholm, more precisely on the Djurgården Island. The Vasa Museum was opened in 1990 and later, the museum was declared the Swedish National Maritime Museum. In the following guide I will present you numerous interesting aspects and some useful information for visitors relating to the fantastic Vasa Museum.

How to get there

The fantastic Vasa Museum is situated on the Djurgården Island, in the heart of Stockholm. You have many possibilities to get there like by foot, by tram, by bus, by metro and by boat.  Getting to the museum is very easy once you arrived in the capital of the country. It doesn’t matter which point of the city you arrive at, you will find at least one means of transportation to get there.

Vasa Museum Smudgeboy/Flickr

Vasa Museum ©Smudgeboy/Flickr

About the museum

The Vasa Museum opened its doors to the visitors on the 15th of June 1990. This fantastic museum is one of the most visited museums in Sweden. The Vasa Museum is a unique “building”. It is actually housed in a sunk ship which was brought to the surface. The idea of building the museum in and around the ship made this sight a unique attraction of Sweden. In the Vasa Museum you can see innumerable astonishing collections dating from the 1600’s and 1700’s.

The Vasa warship konde/Flickr

The Vasa warship ©konde/Flickr

 

Collections

In the fantastic ship you can see innumerable wonderful and interesting sculptures, maritime tools and weapons dating from the 1600’s. All the objects of the sunk ship which could have been brought to the surface, were removed on their original site. There are totally nine exhibitions here and the length of the warship is 69 m. If you are interested in maritime history, you shouldn’t miss this museum.

Vasa Museum byrne614/Flickr

Vasa Museum ©byrne614/Flickr

Facilities

As for the facilities, there is an excellent restaurant near the museum. You can take pictures inside the ship, but with no flash. It is important to mention that it is not allowed to visit the museum with pets. If you arrive by car, you can leave it in front of the museum where there is a small car parking area. Inside the museum you have unlimited wireless access.

Tourist information

The prices are quite acceptable: for adults a ticket costs 130 SEK, for students it is 100 SEK (with student ID) and for children between 0-18 years the access is free. The opening times are the following: between the 1st of June and 31st of August it is open every day from 8:30 to 18:00 and between the 1st of September and 31st of May it is open daily from 10:00 until 17:00, on weekends from 10:00 to 20:00. (August 2013)

 

 

 

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