Skeppsholmen is a small island reached by bridge from Blasieholmen. Many moons ago it was a Swedish Navy base and many of the building still in existence today were once used as barracks and storage. The navy no longer use the island and it has become something of cultural centre, being home to several museums as well as a festival area. We visited the Moderna Museet [see following tips] but you can also visit the cities architecture museum [Arkitecturmuseet], The Royal College of Fine Arts [Kungliga Konsthigskolan] and the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities [Ostasiatiska Museet] on the island.
Its well worth a visit just to walk around, see the sculptures, old buildings and lovely views over to Gamla Stan and other areas of the city from all side of the island
Skeppsholmen is a really nice island to walk around. You can walk along most of the shore, where beautiful views of the downtown, Sodermalm, and Stockholm's many bridges abound.
On one side a number of boats are docked along Skeppholmen's shore. This is a neat area jsut to see the different types of ships (hosueboats, tugboats, retired boats, fishing boats, etc.) and some plaques give you some history about the boats which are docked at Skeppsholmen.
If you're there visiting the museums it's worth a look.
Skeppsholmen is a little island located in the Baltic Sea east of Gamla Stan. It has a refreshing, slightly rural feel, and contains several museums (Museum of East Asia, Architecture Museum and Museum of Modern Art). It is connected to the mainland by a pretty steel bridge, and there is a youth hostel in a boat anchored by its western shore.
The small island of Skeppsholmen is situated just east from Gamla Stan. You can only reach the island by ferry of by the Skeppsholmsbron, a bridge that was built in 1861, and is decorated with a lot of Royal Crowns at the railings.
The island is famous because of its long, nautic history. Nowadays it's the base of lots of young people, that stay in the youth hostels on the island, and it's a centre of history. Skeppsholmen, on its small surface has not less then four museums, of which the National Museum, with both Swedish and European art, and the Museum for Modern Art, with masterpieces of artists like Dali and Matisse.
Östasiatiska Museet is another museum situated on Skeppsholmen & I decided to visit it since I saw some posters about a new exhibition. I checked it out & the entrance was free, so I went to see The Art of Japanese Tattoos, an amazing exhibition about how the Japanese consider tattoos as an indicator of culture, influence, power & sometimes even suffering.
All the tattoos were made by the Yokohama tattoo master Horiyoshi III, whose inspiration are symbols such as tigers, cherry blossoms aso. The tattooed bodies were photographed in order to bring the art of tattoo & the prints closer to the everyday objects that inspired them after all.
Over time tattoos have been forbidden in Japan, but stayed strong as the strong historical heritage. The exhibition also tried to show its influence on modern tattoo, either popular or elite.
There is also a part of the exhibition showing ancient Asian gods & goddesses, from Japanese dragons to the Indian Ganesh & Shiva. Some of them were visibly old, so I suppose they're extremely valuable. I guess there is something about it in a way because you could feel this strange vibe...
Skeppsholmen is an island east of Gamla Stan & getting there might be quite tricky. The easiest way there might be following the Kungliga Slottet [the big castle situated on the north-east edge of Gamla Stan] & crossing Strömbron or coming from Kungsträdgården & walking down Strömgatan. After that you should cross the brigde with a view of Gamla Stan to the right & Strandvägen to the left. The bridge has golden crowns [symbols of the Kingdom] in the middle of the bridge & from there on there are signs pointing all the important directions.
There's a lot of things situated on this island [the Modern & the Architectural Museum, the east-Asian Museum, parks aso., so look it up, take some time & check it out! ;)
The former wharf of Stockholm is Skeppsholmen. Nowadays a green isle ,which can be reach by 1 bridge from the citycenter, mainly hosts museums. A large sailingship is still berthed at the isle and functions as a youth hostel.
Af Chapman was known as Dunboyne when it was launched in March 1888. Now part of a youth hostel at Skeppsholmen, it is the world's third oldest surviving iron-built ship. Only hostelites can go in. There isn't much to see inside. But it is the ship with the background that is pictureque.
The Skeppsholmen island is an ideal place for a peaceful walk on a sunny day. You can see there lots of old wooden boats moored to the pier. One of them is af Chapman, converted in 1949 into a youth hostel. If you prefer more traditional lodgings, the other part of the hostel is 'on land' , and if you decide to stay there you still have the privilege of coming on af Chapman's board.
Another attraction of the island is Moderna Museet opened in 1998, which presents an interesting collection of modern art.