The Vasa Museum (Swedish: Vasamuseet) is a maritime museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Located on the island of Djurgården, the museum displays the only almost fully intact 17th-century ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. The Vasa Museum opened in 1990 and, according to the official website, is the most visited museum in Scandinavia. Together with other museums such as the Stockholm Maritime Museum, it belongs to the Swedish National Maritime Museums (SNMM).
From the beginning of 1961 to 1983, Vasa was housed in a temporary structure called Wasavarvet ("The Vasa Shipyard") where she was treated with polyethylene glycol. Visitors could only view the ship from two levels and the maximum distance was only 5 m (17 ft). In 1981, the Swedish government decided that a permanent Vasa museum was to be constructed and a competition for the design of the museum building was organized. A total of 384 architects sent in models of their ideas and the final winners were Marianne Jakobbäck and Göran Månsson with Ask ("box"). The construction of the new building began on and around the dry dock of the old naval yard with an inauguration ceremony hosted by Prince Bertil on 2 November 1987. Vasa was towed into the flooded dry dock under the new building in December 1987, and during the summer of 1989, when visitors were allowed onto the construction site, 228,000 people visited the half-finished museum. The museum was officially opened on 15 June 1990. So far, Vasa has been seen by over 25 million people. In 2017, the museum had a total of 1,495,760 visitors.
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Aimee Bird | Jan 29, 2018
Brilliant museum! Spent the whole afternoon here on a rainy day recently. The sheer size of the ship is impressive and the information as well as surrounding artefacts are brilliant. The video is really informative and very well made. I was so excited walking around and impressed it is still 98% of the original ship!!! Would highly recommend for anyone. The entrance and general space is big enough to not feel crowded when it is busy, the sign posts are easy to follow and the facilities are high quality and well maintained. The cafe is beautiful as well with some great options for food and drink and good prices for Stockholm.
Jacqueline Telljohann-Smothers | Feb 18, 2018
We are not big fans of museums, so this was the only one we went to in Stockholm. It was part of the Stockholm Pass, so we didn't have to pay extra. While I don't like most museums, I really enjoyed this one. The coolest part was definitely that they had the real Vasa ship on display. It was massive and incredibly gorgeous. Seeing the architecture in person was awesome. You could go to different floors to get different views of the ship. They also had a lot of good exhibits to learn about the history of the ship. I think this is a must see while you're in Stockholm. Is one of the best museums I've ever been to and I would highly recommend it!
stephen fell | Jan 31, 2018
Excellent, absolutely excellent. Don’t get me wrong there isn’t much other than the ship to see and it doesn’t take that long to get around but boy is it impressive. The museum have done a great job sharing the story of this great ship and the restoration on it is simply amazing just blows my mind how so much managed to survive and still here today. Start at the top and slowly wonder down each level you’ll be amazed how much of the ship detail you can see and how different it looks from each point and level.
Dimitry | Jan 3, 2018
Excellent museum! Spent there several hours. The ship itself is impressive, but you cannot get inside. However this is not a problem, because the exhibition is so interesting and extensive that you really feel like you experienced life on board! There are several floors each devoted to certain topics related to the ship or the navy in general. From each floor you can also observe the ship at a certain height level, beginning from bottom and up to the balcony overlooking the mast. Will definitely come again once I'm in Stockholm.
Tom McDade | Mar 1, 2018
It's hard to describe what it feels like to stand in the shadow of this massive, hand built, preserved war ship. Pictures cannot portray the feeling. Also, I feel it is the best value in Stockholm. We spent hours there reading the stories around the museum and very low cost to get in.
beka rauen | Mar 28, 2018
This was an incredible place to visit. The ship is larger than life and amazing to see up close. There are 6 floors you can view it from, and there are tours every few hours in different languages, which are included in admission. There's plenty to see besides the ship, explaining how it was found, pulled up, and other info about the ship and it's components. My husband and I visited with our 1.5 year old. It's fine for kids, but not geared toward them. My son mostly ran around and had a good time. We had a stroller which was a bit awkward, but there is a large elevator that can be used to get to the other floors. And there was a family bathroom for changing.
Rob Davis | Mar 29, 2018
This place is amazing, I highly recommend it. The Vasa (the name of the ship this museum is built to house) is extremely well preserved and they have done an excellent job of restoring it. The sheer size of it is amazing. There are 7 floors total you can walk up with a wealth of information relating to the Vasa and life in the navy at the time. Set aside a good few hours for this as you'll need time to enjoy it all.
KidSuper Lin | Mar 31, 2018
This is the must see site when visiting Stockholm. The old Swedish navy ship sunk 20 minutes into its maiden voyage in the harbor for a few hundred years until the early 60's. It's well preserved with the museum built around the ship. They have 3 to 4 English guided tours daily included in the entrance fee and is well worth the wait. Overall a unique and memorable Swedish experience.
Michail Drakakis | Apr 8, 2018
An amazing story of the extreme vanity of human nature. When the will to show your wealth and power to your enemies exceeds the laws of physics. The world's biggest and stronger warship of it's time that lasted for a 20minutes sail in the flesh. It is really a breathtaking spectacle. First see the small movie to get an idea, then take the free guided toor and at the end wander the exhibition to see every detail. Worth every penny!!!
Bruce Zivic | Apr 8, 2018
The Vasa is the most impressive thing I’ve ever observed, including the space shuttle that did a fly by on a 747 many years ago in DC over my house. I could have spent all day looking at this ship. The museum did a fantastic job of allowing one to experience below deck as well as the retrieval process.. It just knocked me out, I couldn’t get enough. Well done!!!
Georgia Gabrielle | May 13, 2018
What a fabulous museum. The ship is incredibly large and beautiful, quite breathtaking in the expansive modern museum space. If you have any questions about the Vasa, the free tour explains the history. There are 5 floors to the building so you can see the ship at a variety of levels. I particularly enjoyed the floor with the carved wooden busts that were recreations of the original ship decorations. Lots of murals, multimedia displays and miniature models to help let your imagination run wild. The gift shop was quite good and well priced.
Andrea Rossi | Apr 28, 2018
Very impressive and definitely a must see. I admit I didn't really realize how big those warships were until I saw this one in front of me. The ship is well presented and the museum provides great context around it, in a way that is easy to follow and never boring. Also the museum is nicely accessible even with impaired mobility: there are many elevators and the place is easy to navigate.
Björn | May 2, 2018
Great museum. Super helpful staff. Nice clean bathrooms. A fair admission price for adults. Remember that this is a bigger museum than you may first think when you enter. If checking everything out and reading much of the information you can easily spend three hours here, assuming you include a 20-30 minute break for coffee or drinks etc.
Dmytro Kravchenko | May 1, 2018
It's an amazing place! The Ship is unbelievably well preserved and gets you to dive in a history of its era. There are a great deal of exhibits to see besides the Ship itself. English-speaking guide is here as well. There are also the lockers at the entrance hall, which is pretty convenient. If you are in Stockholm, you better check it out!
Jun F | Jun 15, 2018
Must-visit museum! What an amazing work each and everyone involved with the restoration effort of this ship allowing us to admire its beauty after 300+ years under the sea. The work they did to reconstruct the faces of crew members was also wonderful! The museum nicely displayed all the steps by step of this process. Come check it out if you haven’t done do already.
Verna | Jun 21, 2018
A fantastically organised museum, if you couldn’t catch the guided tours each hour, you can also have a free audio guide. How awesome is that? These usually cost money at other places around the world! The museum is so interesting and have tons of things to keep you busy while learning a bit of Swedish history. Loved it !
Jeremy M. | Jun 24, 2018
Excellent museum and a highlight from my trip to Stockholm. The museum is built around a nearly 400 year old ship; pictures can't do the ship justice as it is larger and more magnificent than a picture conveys. The museum content uses the ship as a central thread and gives insight into the area and society present in that time. Definitely recommended if you're in Stockholm!
Ana Thereza Vasconcellos | Jul 20, 2018
There's an incredible giant viking boat that was rescued 333 years after having sunk on its first battle against Denmark. Vikings were so impressive, their ship which was recovered after being sunk for so many years years is simply mesmerizing. It's 98% original and only 2% restored. The paintings and details on its model that show how the ship was on its glorious days are just breathtaking! The richness and status shown in such a remarkable piece of the viking culture are wonderful. There are also some other interesting pieces of information in the museum, making it really a must go for anyone who visits Stockholm.
Lei Shi | Jun 28, 2018
Sad for the Vasa family back then, good for us today! The ship is really well preserved, reconstruction and restoring are on going. You can see workshops underneath the ship. I like the way the keep restored parts looks different from the original portion, so you get the idea how the reconstruction works were done. I joined a special event after the museum closed after 6pm, and had a full-course dinner right beside the ship, it was a wonderful experience.
Mike Blizniuk | Jul 17, 2018
Vasa Museum is the most famous in Stockholm. It is about Vasa ship - it's destination was to attack Poland. Fortunately it didnt happen. Vasa ship is extremely big and you can call it a swimming palace - you ll understand when you go there. You need like 3-4 hours to go and see everything there but it's totally worth doing it. Very beautiful and interactive museum that ll take you back to history. Me and my wife really enjoyed our visit there. It's necessary to go there if you are in Stockholm :)
Lindsay Lake | Jul 5, 2018
Incredible story, very well presented. Children and adults impressed and engaged. Definitely recommend watching the 17min film, reading the placards, as well as taking the guided tour - all included in price of entry. This full set of activities gives you a great understanding, without being overwhelming or repetitive. The children's "Vasa Pig" film was cute, but want enough detail about the ship itself for my 5yo.
Jenny Qian | Jul 18, 2018
Good place to find out more about the VASA ship and the history of it. It’s good to take the tour to get an overarching understanding of it. However, there is lots of information around the museum, to learn more. The ship itself is the main attraction, and is definitely quite magical. The only “negative” is that there are A LOT of people visiting, but this could be an indication of just how good it is...
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