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The Vasa Museum
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The Vasa Museum

The Vasa is the only preserved seventeenth-century ship in the world, and a unique art treasure. More than 95 percent of the ship is original, and it is decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures.

The 69 meter-long warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in the middle of Stockholm in 1628, and was salvaged 333 years later in 1961. For nearly half a century the ship has been slowly, deliberately and painstakingly restored to a state approaching its original glory. The three masts on the roof outside the specially built museum show the height of the ship's original masts.

Today the Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in Scandinavia, with over one million visitors a year. There are ten different exhibitions around the ship to tell about life on board the ship. The film about the Vasa is shown in 13 different languages. In addition there is a well-stocked shop and a pleasant restaurant. Tours of the museum take place every day. Free admission for children up to 18 years.

Comments (23)
Joyce Olson Saskatoon, SK Canada 1/6/2014 1:58 AM
It really brought history alive!

It was the highlight of our stay in Stockholm in 2008! We are history buffs and spent many happy hours there but it got very crowded as the day went by.

Mimi Austin, TX 9/13/2013 9:07 PM
Amazing

I wish I had another two hours to study all the exhibits. What am amazing job they have done restoring and displaying this ship.

Hugh Keel Honolulu, Hawaii 9/7/2013 2:44 AM
Vsit to Scandinavia

I visited the Vasa Museum this past Tuesday and was very impressed with the restoration and the exhibits. The workmanship that went into the construction of the ship was amazing. Also touching were the skeletal remains of the crew and female visitors as well as the facial reconstruction from the skulls. I had read for years about the Vasa and its brief life and this visit was a fulfillment of a long-time desire to see this ship in person. Well worth the visit.

Barbara Hodge Cambridge, ON Canada 9/2/2013 9:11 PM
Vasa Ship and Museum

I visited the museum in February 2010 and was amazed at the size and magnitude of the ship. All of the artifacts that were discovered and on display, the intricate carvings,, etc. Words can hardly describe its wonder. If I ever go back, I will visit this museum again.

Mrs. Gwen Deare Adelaide, South Australia, Australia 8/18/2013 2:02 AM
My visit to Stockholm.

I visited the Vasa Museum in 1979 and even at that time found it fascinating so it is even more fascinating to see how far the restoration has progressed.

Luis Madrid, Spain 5/17/2013 12:32 PM
Plan to spend more time than you initially thought!

The Vasa museum is definitely a must see while in Stockholm. The way the museum is set up is simply excellent. Even if you are not fond of boats, it is likely that some other related topics will catch your interest and keep you there for a good 3 or 4 hours. The story of how and why the boat was built and how and why it sank barely 20 minutes after departure is awesome in itself. The forensic analysis of human remains on the lower floor is a must see. All in all, this museum is an open window to Northern European history in the XVII century.

Tom Sweeney Dublin, Ireland 2/23/2013 11:32 PM
My favourite man-made visitor attraction in the world

I love the Vasa Museum! Here's the link to an article I have just published on my travel blog telling the history of Sweden's Titanic. I hope you like it and find it of use if you are planning a visit to fantastic Stockholm. http://tomsweeneytravels.blogspot.ie/2013/02/holm-swede-holm.html

Tom & Bette Pennsylvania 2/18/2013 3:56 AM
Wow

Wow. Fortunately we were just double checking some plans and stumbled across the closure. To say that we were surprised to see the entire Museum closed for such a long stretch would be an understatement. Regrettably we planned a 15 day trip in April & the Vasa was a very big part of the trip – guess we are back to planning ! Good Luck with the Constuction

Mike Gray Whitby England 2/11/2013 11:04 AM
Closure

having booked a holiday to see Vasa I now see it will be shut.Why such a short warning? The party involved must have planned it months ago.Very upset.

Visitstockholm.com Stockholm 12/13/2012 10:54 AM
Reply to Glenn

Thank you for your question! Yes, the Vasa museum is fully adapted for international visitors.

Glenn Conroe, TX 12/8/2012 2:44 PM
Museum multiligual?

Are the display captions in English as well as Swedish?

Aoife Herbert Dublin, Ireland 9/7/2012 2:28 PM
Amazing!

My sister and I visted the Vasa this summer- we thought we would be in and out in an hour- we were there for over four hours. This is one of the best museums either of us have ever visited-it is just amazing-if you are visitng Stockholm it's a MUST see!

Janet Copeland Boerne, Texas 9/2/2012 6:58 PM
Fabulous display

Great museum--I have no interest in boats and this kept me there for 2 hours. Take the short guided tour for some good background. The original workmanship on the boat itself and the process of its refurbishment is fascinating.

Adrianna Dallas, TX 8/17/2012 6:26 PM
Unique opportunity

Not too many times you'll be able to see an extant ship from the 1600's. Worth the trip. I spent about an hour in the museum, browsing the exhibits, going on a guided tour (they run every half hour in English), and watching a film about the excavation project. The film featured footage of the actual excavation. Very cool. I got to the museum via Tram 7 (departing from Sergels Torg, a short walk from the Central Station), which runs frequently.

Ann Clarke Lancashire, England 8/11/2012 9:24 AM
Fabulous

We visited the Vasa Museum, expecting to spend an hour there but finally emerged three hours later. What a fabulous sight the Vasa is. Lots of exhibitions and a regular free guided tour in the language of your choice.
Would definitely visit again

Thomas Kuhn Deutschland Walldürn 6/5/2012 7:45 PM
toll toll toll

wir waren vergangenen Oktober in Stockholm, in Sweden, habe mich selten so wohl gefühlt in einem fremden Land. Teuer aber toll. Das Vasamuseum ist Pflicht, schon beim betreten des imposanten Gebäudes geht einem der Mund auf und nicht mehr zu. Ich fühlte mich wie im 16.ten Jahrhundert. Ich kleiner Mensch konnte so etwas tolles sehen, klasse war es, Stockholm, Göteborg, Jönköpping. Eine besondere Lebensart kennen zu lernen. Die Ausgeglichenheit der Menschen, einfach schön. Sweden ist was besonderes für mich. Schöne Eindrücke mit einem schönen Gruß nach Sweden Thomas Kuhn

Mary Murray Inverurie, Aberdeenshire 3/10/2012 2:21 PM
Vasa museum

We made a visit to the museum last July from Cruise ship Ocean Countess from Scotland. We had a great lady guide. Quite memorable to see such an old ship. Shall endeavour to visit Sweden again.

Jan Brugge, Belgium 8/28/2011 11:01 AM
Not the usual museum

What I like about this museum is that it takes one astonishing centre piece - a 17th century war ship - as starting point to tell many different stories: the political situation of Europe at that time, the art of ship-building at that time, the power of forensic science, the amazing endeavour to lift up a ship from Stockholm's harbour in the 60s, etc.

Daniel Constanta 7/30/2011 1:35 PM
Wonderful place to visit

A beautiful place to visit and spend a few hours. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Stockholm.

Guy Hallam Worcester 7/22/2011 11:14 PM
Very impressive

Even though I'd looked at pictures on the web it didn't prepare me for walking through the door and being faced with the sheer scale of it. And the level of preservation is just fantastic. The whole museum is brilliantly presented, can't wait to get back there this summer.

Hrvoje Zagreb 6/23/2010 4:06 PM
Great experience

I have to admit that on the beginning I wasn't so excited to see Vasa and I thought, what is so special with seeing one old ship? Now I can tell that Vasa is one of the best museums that I have seen. Ship and everything else in museum is beautifully presented. In one word excellent! When you visit Stockholm, go and see Vasa, you wouldn't be disappointed.
P.S. there is a great museum shop with souvenirs!

Gary Yeoman London 12/22/2009 11:11 AM
Vasa

I have visited the Vasa Museum twice now and all I can say is WoW.

This is a must see for anybody who is visiting Stockholm.

Martin Sedo Bratislava , Slovakia 12/10/2009 12:47 AM
Excellent

This was really an astonishing experience for me. Can only recommend to visit. Worth every penny :0

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The Vasa Museum The 69 meter-long warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in the middle of Stockholm in 1628, and was salvaged 333 years later in 1961. For nearly half a century the ship has been slowly, deliberately and painstakingly restored to a state approaching its original glory. The three masts on the roof outside the specially built museum show the height of the ship's original masts. Today the Vasa Museum is the most visited museum in Scandinavia, with over one million visitors a year. There are ten different exhibitions around the ship to tell about life on board the ship. The film about the Vasa is shown in 13 different languages. In addition there is a well-stocked shop and a pleasant restaurant. Tours of the museum take place every day. Free admission for children up to 18 years.
59.3279218.09126
Galärvarvsvägen 14 11521 Stockholm Sweden
Telephone number: +46(0)8-519 548 00
Website URL: www.vasamuseet.se
Price:
Adults: SEK 130
Children (0-18 yrs): Free
Free admissionwith the Stockholm Card Buy the Stockholm Card

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