Vasa Museum, Stockholm

Vasa Museum, Stockholm (must see)

The Vasa Museum is a unique maritime museum experience; in fact, it is said to be the most popular museum in all of Scandinavia. It houses a 17th-century 64-gun warship that has been meticulously restored and preserved. It is a grand lady of the sea, measuring 69 meters and was built under the rule of King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden. Intended to be the flagship of the Swedish Navy, the ship sunk on its maiden voyage, barely making it out of the harbor, when high seas and wind overtook its deck.

Vasa is filled with some of the most ornate and exquisite carvings ever seen on a ship of its kind. It is located in a climate and humidity controlled environment and is constantly monitored and maintained to keep it in the most ideal condition for a relic of its age. The ship is a terrific photographic subject but expect its interior to be dark, making it difficult to get that perfect photo. Besides the ship itself, the museum is filled with tools of the maritime trade and traces the history of Scandinavian maritime society.

Why You Should Visit:
It's not much of a stretch to say that there are not many ships available to examine that were built in 1628. Inside, there are several levels so you can see it from all angles.
As a bonus, at the back of the building, you can visit three interesting boats belonging to the Maritime Museum – and for free!

Tip:
Allow a couple of hours for the visit and therefore arrive 2/3 hours before it closes – it will be much quieter then.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:30am-6pm (Jun-Aug); Thu-Tue: 10am-5pm; Wed: 10am-8pm (Sep-May)

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Vasa Museum on Map

Sight Name: Vasa Museum
Sight Location: Stockholm, Sweden (See walking tours in Stockholm)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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