Next stop is the Medeltidsmuseum (The Museum of Medieval Stockholm) and this is what this page will be mainly about. The museum isn't very hard to find: when you are in front of the Riksdagshuset (see previous picture), cross the road and take the stairs down to the river the "Strömmen".
The museum is about life in Stockholm during the middle ages. The museum isn't huge, but very nice to visit, and has some great displays. You only need an hour to wander around in the museum, but it will be worth your time. I really enjoyed it here!
Tip: next to the Medeltidsmuseum is a nice cafe, it is a marvellous place to sit during the summer, surrounded by the most famous houses in Stockholm. You can see the Palace, the Opera, the Grand Hotel, Kungstrådgården, The Hostel Ship 'af Chapman', The National Museum, and of course the river Strömmen from here. Take a beer, relax and enjoy!
The location of the Medeltidsmuseum is a bit 'unusual' but so appropriate. The museum has been built around some archaeological remains which were discovered around 1978-1980. The most important of these discoveries was finding part of the old town wall from around 1530. You can see parts of this wall inside the museum.
When you enter the Medeltidsmuseum, you start by walking through an arched tunnel from 1642, which brings you to the 'antechamber'. In this room you can see a number of objects relating to church and the monastery, like the one in the picture. This is a crucifix from the 15th century, which probably used to be in the 'triumphal hall' of the Storkyrkan.
Here are some more sculptures that you can see in the same room:
In the first picture you can see a statue of "Erik den Helige" (Eric IX of Sweden / Erik Jedvardsson) or in English also called Erik the Lawgiver or Eric the Saint. He was king of Sweden from 1150 to 1160 and still the patron saint of Stockholm, depicted in the city's coat of arms.. People seemed to have clearly different opinions about this King. The pope for instance used a pretext that Eric was a drunk who died as result of fight in a group of drunks. But in the area of Svealand people believed in a miracle after Erik's death, since a fountain sprang from the earth where the king's head fell after being chopped off.
In the second picture you can see a sculpture of Anna, Virgin Maria's mother, who was a popular saint during the late Middle Ages. Anna was often depicted sitting with Maria on her knee, who in her turn was holding the baby Jesus.
In the third picture you can see St.George and the Dragon. In the previous tips about the Storkyrkan I wrote a bit about the legend and its meaning to Stockholm of St.George and the Dragon.
In the museum you can see a whole variety of things. You can see old building techniques, see and read about the origin of Stockholm and its early development, Medieval houses (you can even walk into one to see its inside), the harbour and everything involving trade and fishing during that time, objects of daily life, crime and punishment, and the remains of a 22 meter long ship.
If you think you can have a party with the guys here and try to amke a faked cidnapping of amemebr of the Parliament. Dont do it, because the security is too tough here! Dont do this funny mistake and bother the guards and the security here at the Parliament.