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The Vasa Museum

(Vasamuseet)
The Vasa Museum is a window into the past, present, and future. The Vasa warship is housed in the museum. The ship is a 17th century vessel built by the Swedish navy in the early 1600's. It sank almost immediately after setting sail for the first time due to different circumstances but has remained remarkably preserved. It sat dormant under the bay in Stockholm for 300 years before being rediscovered and excavated in the 1960's. The museum features the incredible feats of engineering it took to salvage the ship, the science behind its preservation, and the history of the ship and how it was made. There is an ongoing goal to keep Vasa preserved for 1000 years.
Surrounding area: The Vasa Museum is located on Djurgården, an island in Stockholm known for its museums. The museum is situated along the water and has a beautiful view on the city.
Age groups:The museum is most appropriate for children 6 and older.
Exhibits: Each exhibition is related to the warship Vasa, life at the time of this ship, or how it has come to be in the museum today.

Vasa up Close

is the newest exhibition at the museum having opened in 2020. It showcases a number of sculpture recreations from the ship itself. These recreations allow you to see some of the individual elements as they would have looked when Vasa was built. There is a digital component to this exhibition which can be seen on your mobile device or on tablets in the exhibition. You will also find a crow's nest you can enter.

Vasa's Women

is an exploration of life for women in the 17th century. The exhibit looks at women on board Vasa but also the women surrounding the ship in historical context.

Face to Face

looks at the people found on board the Vasa at the time of salvage. The people have been given names and stories based on notes from the archaeologists and osteologists that have studied them.

Preserving Vasa

is an exhibit that explores the process of preservation from the 1960's to today and what the future of Vasa will look like as they preserve Vasa for the next 1000 years.

The Salvaging

showcases the long story of how the Vasa was rediscovered and finally resurfaced in 1961 after several years or research and attempts.

His Majesty's Ship

shows a little more about the historical context surrounding the ship, why it was built, and the circumstances that lead to it sinking.

Life on Board

explores what like would have been like on a 17th century war ship. It has a full scale replica of part of the ship's interior as well as a cut away diorama of the ship and the people that were on it.

The Power and The Glory

looks at the colors of Vasa and importance of the sculptures all around the ship, the political messages they sent, and has a number of recreations to view.

The Vasa Model

is a 1:10 scale model of Vasa as it appeared when it sailed in 1628. The model took over 12,000 or about four years to build.

The Stockholm Shipyard

shows Skeppsgården, the Stockholm shipyard, in the early 1600's and hasd a number of small models depicting the ship building process of the time. There are also a number of tools and ship building items found on or near Vasa.

Battle!

looks at how naval battles were in the 17th century. There are a number of weapons and battle material from Vasa on display where you can touch and feel replicas.

Vasa Museum's Garden

is outside the museum and free to visit. It is a recreation of what a small garden might look like in the 17th century. There is some information in the museum about the garden's connection to the ship.

Special activities: There are a number of ongoing special activities at the museum.
  • A small theater that plays a children's film about a small pig that lived on board Vasa. The film is in English or Swedish and located on the third floor.
  • A a family track that you can follow through the museum all together.
  • Regular tours in Swedish and in English, including a family tour, which are included in the price of admission.
NOTE: many events have been postponed or canceled, and tours are not currently running due to COVID-19.
For members of the "Friends of Vasa" club there are opportunities for children to sleep over at the museum, a regular board game night in the museum after hours, and the opportunity to board the actual ship.
NOTE: Friends of Vasa activities are not currently running due to COVID-19.
Hours:

Monday - Sunday

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Pricing and memberships:
Private events & parties: The museum has some packages for corporations but not for children's birthdays.
Accessibility: There is an elevator to all levels in the museum and no difficult thresholds. There is a braille audio guide available at the information desk as well as a model of the ship that can be felt by request. To read more about accessibility visit Vasa's accessibility page.
Restaurant & picnic area: There is a restaurant attached to the museum, open Monday - Sunday 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The restaurant is also available for private events.
There is a picnic area with high chairs inside the museum.
Strollers & storage: There are free lockers and stroller parking inside the museum.
NOTE: Lockers are currently not available due to COVID-19.
Vasamuseet
Galärvarvsvägen 14, 115 21 Stockholm
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