Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

The Vasa Maritime Museum is one of many on the island of Djurgården and one of the most visited in Scandinavia.

It gets its name from the central exhibit that takes up most of the museum's interior - the Vasa warship from the Vasa dynasty.

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The giant ship across the museum

As soon as you enter the main hall of the museum, you'll be amazed by the huge wooden ship stretching from one end of the building to the other.

The ship is so big that it's practically impossible to take a picture in one shot.

Thanks to the suitable environment of the Baltic Sea, where not so many bacteria are active, the shipwreck has remained remarkably preserved despite lying on the seabed for more than 300 years.

The warship Vasa measured 69 metres in length, 52 metres in height and had 67 guns.

Unfortunately, there is no access to the ship, but you can admire the wreck from a total of 4 levels so that you can see all its levels from the masts to the keel.

The sinking on the maiden voyage

One of the largest ships of the Swedish Royal Navy in its time, it set sail on its maiden voyage on 10 August 1628, but after less than 1,500 metres it sank due to strong wind gusts and design flaws near the location of the current museum.

More than 30 sailors drowned in the ship's bowels, whose remains can be seen, among other things, in the museum.

The wreck was recovered in 1956 and has been on display at the Vasa Museum since 1990.

Other exhibits

Although the Vasa warship is undoubtedly the main attraction, the museum also displays several smaller boats and has an outdoor exhibition.

Still moored off the coast are the historic 1960s destroyer HMS Spica, the 1915 icebreaker Sankt Erik and the 1903 lighthouse boat Finngrundet.

The outdoor exhibition is only open from May to September.

Admission and opening hours

Opening hours and ticket prices for the Vasa Museum vary according to the season. It is open every day.

September - May

  • 10:00 - 17:00, Wednesdays until 20:00
  • 190 sek - Adults, students and seniors

June - August

  • 8:30 - 18:00
  • 220 sek - Adults, students and seniors

Children and young people under 18 are admitted free of charge.

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You can buy tickets online and at the door. There are usually no long queues.

How to get to the museum?

There is a bus and tram stop "Nordiska museet/Vasamuseet" right in front of the museum.

  • Trams - line 7
  • Buses - lines 67, 970

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