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At the Vasa Museum (Vasamuseet) you can learn about the history of a 17th-century battleship, from its creation to its rescue and preservation. In 1628 the Vasa battleship set sail from Stockholm’s harbor on its maiden voyage; however, it capsized just minutes after departure. Over 300 years later, marine archeologists rescued the ship and in 1990 made it a public museum.
Start your visit by watching a short movie that gives a brief history of the Vasa ship. Check the museum’s official website for a schedule of screenings in English.
There are 11 exhibition areas to see. Go to the His Majesty’s Ship exhibition to see a painting that depicts the ship’s large arsenal and a model that explains why it sank. In the Face to Face exhibition you’ll find skeletons of some of the crew members. Multimedia displays provide information about their roles onboard and physical conditions. Learn about the clothes worn by the crew and the food eaten on the ship in the Life Onboard area.
Don’t miss the Salvaging exhibition, which tells the story of the ship’s discovery and rescue. Look for the equipment used by Anders Franzén when he rediscovered the ship in 1956, including a homemade echo sounding device. In the Imagery of Power room, see displays of 700 restored sculptures, including lions, gods and mermaids.
At the rear of the museum is the Vasa Garden. Here, you can learn about the vegetables, flowers and medicinal herbs used by the Vasa’s crew and Swedish farmers.
Located on Djurgården, the Vasa Museum is close to Stockholm’s major attractions. It’s a 30-minute walk from Central Station. There’s a pay-and-display parking lot but it fills quickly with tour buses. Public transportation, such as bus and tram, provides a more convenient option.
Vasa Museum is open daily, except for select public holidays. See the museum’s official website for full details. Admission is free for visitors under 18. Free guided tours in English are available throughout the year. Alternatively, download a free audio guide to your mobile phone from the museum’s official website.
Situated near the boardwalk, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Skansen and Vasa Museum. National Museum and Royal Swedish Opera are also within 2 mi (3 km). Liljevalchs/Gröna Lund Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Skansen Tram Stop is 4 minutes.
Located in Norrmalm, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Swedish Opera and Stockholm Palace. National Museum and Stureplan are also within 15 minutes. Sergels Torg Tram Stop is only a 3-minute walk and Kungsträdgården Tram Stop is 6 minutes.
Situated near the bay, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Stockholm Transport Museum, ABBA The Museum, and Tivoli Grona Lund. Vasa Museum and Skansen are also within 2 mi (3 km). Henriksdal Saltsjöbanan Station is 7 minutes by foot and Sickla Udde Tram Stop is 16 minutes.
Located in Norrmalm, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Swedish Academy of Arts, Stockholm Palace, and Stockholm City Hall. Royal Swedish Opera and Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre are also within 10 minutes. Stockholm City Station is only a 5-minute walk and Central T-Bana is 6 minutes.
Located in Norrmalm, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Drottninggatan and Royal Swedish Opera. Stockholm Palace and Stockholm Concert Hall are also within 10 minutes. Sergels Torg Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Kungsträdgården Tram Stop is 5 minutes.
Located in Ostermalm, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Royal Stables and Royal Swedish Opera. Vasa Museum and Stockholm Palace are also within 15 minutes. Styrmansgatan Tram Stop and Nybroplan Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in Ostermalm, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Stureplan, Royal Swedish Opera, and National Museum. Museum of Medieval Stockholm and Stockholm Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km). Stadium T-Bana is 7 minutes by foot and Tekniska hogskolan T-Bana is 10 minutes.
Located in Sodermalm, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vitabergsparken Park and Ericsson Globe. Stockholm Palace and Tele2 Arena are also within 2 mi (3 km). Skanstull T-Bana is only a 2-minute walk and Medborgarplatsen T-Bana is 10 minutes.