When the warship Vasa sank on august 1628, on its first sail, it was a big dissaster. Who could have thought that this disaster turned out to be one of the finest maritime museums in the world.
Focal point of the exhibition in the old restored warship. Around this ship you'll find many smaller axhibitions about topics connested to the ship: The live in Stockholm in 1600, Shipyards of Stockholm, Naval wars, living on board, the salvage and restauration, and many more ...
The vasa museum is built due to the discovery for the 17th century VASA ship. (1628)
On 10 August 1628, the vasa set sail on the first trip and sank in stockholm harbour. Surprisingly, the ship was discovered in 1961. After years of restoration, the Vasa museum finally open to the public. The ship itself is huge and is the center pieces of the museum.
If you are into history and want to see how the old Viking ships look like, then this musem is a must. I was amazed at how well the whole ship was perserved. You can also see some part is being rebuilt but most of the original timber was intact. Although you won't be able to go in the ship, the musuem did a great job of replicating many of the items on different display area in the museum.
I thought it was really cool, but the girls I was with hated it (we were all college-age). The entire Vasa boat is still in tact and you can actually walk around in it, which is really cool.
The lighting in the museum is very dark, and I wonder if that made a negative difference for the girls I was with. They really just wanted to get outta there and move on to the next spot in town.
The price of entry may have been a little high...then again, I was a college student...so most things were expensive to me!
I first saw the Vasa ship through the Travel Channel as I was watching Samantha Brown. I was intrigued with the story and so I booked a flight to Sweden (I am so easy to persuade...hehehe). But I was not disappointed since the ship is truly huge and spectacular. It was a bit dark in the museum and was difficult to take good pictures, but you can really feel the massiveness of the structure.
It is a 17th century warship that went on its maiden voyage in 1628, but sank 20 minutes into the ceremony after the wind messed up the sails! It stayed at bottom of the harbor for 333 years, rediscovered in 1956 and raised up in 1961.
I tried to imagine how grand it looked at the time - 95% of the original wood still remain. There's about 500 carved wooden statues and restorers tried to estimate the original color.
At the upper floor, there is a circular wooden platform (those seen at the top of the sails), and if you go on it --- YOU WILL FEEL DIZZY! I just can't imagine how the sailors could tolerate being at such a small platform at such a scary height over the ocean. Must have been tough to earn a living then! I was born to be on land (definitely). So, try going on that circular wooden platform and see what I mean...
Jun-Aug daily 1000-1700
Sept-May M-F 1000-1600, Wed until 2000, Sat-Sun 1000-1700
Ahh, the Vasa... The pride of the Swedish navy, with a story that is strangely similar to that of the Titanic. Built in the 1620s, this ship was designed to be bigger and better than all other warships in the world - and yet she sank on her maiden voyage after having sailed only a few hundred metres out of the harbour. Though many lives were lost in this tragic event, the ship itself was beautifully preserved (the waters of the Baltic sea are apparantly very good at preserving wooden ships for hundreds of years). And so, in 1961, a team of Swedish archeologists and salvage experts successfully raised tha VASA from her watery, Baltic grave. Subsequently, the Vasa embarked upon a new career, this time as a work of art inside her own museum - the VASAMUSEET. The Vasa is arguably the world's finest and best preserved example of 17th century warship design and it is well worth a visit.
Let's put it simple, the Vasa museum is a must-see in Stockholm!
The restored ship is a wonder by itself, the history of the times it was built (ca. 1600-1630) is displayed in a very interesting manner that makes one understand. Along with the story of how the ship was rescued, it will make you spend at least 2-3 hours in this museum.
My son loved this. He would have been 10 or 11 at the time. Looked at everything, read everything and didn't want to leave.
Its a museum housing a ship which sank in the harbour in 1628, about 1km into its maiden voyage. Discovered, recovered and preserved.
Definitely worth a visit.
Can't figure out why we don't have any photos, but try the website.
I'm not a big fan of museum, but Vasa is certainly one of the best museum I've ever been to. I spent hours wandering around this museum, got there around 2pm, before I knew it, it was almost closing time at 5pm.
There are plenty to keep you busy in this museum, and it is easy to get lost in this massive museum. The museum has a few levels which allows to see the ship, the ground level is equivalent to the sea level. I would suggest you to start with the theater, which shows you the history of Vasa, from the time it was built to the discovery of the ship and the restoration of the ship. Followed by the guided tour. Do take note of the tour schedule for the language you want.
The restored ship is a wonder by itself. Vasa museum is must-see in Stockholm!
The Vasa ship was constructed in the 1600's but unfortunately sank on her maiden trip. It was salvaged in 1961. The museum opened in 1990 and shows not only the wreck, but also glimpses of how people of that time lived.
I visited Vasa Museum for the first time when I was only 9 years old on my school trip. Since then I have visited Vasa Museum at least 5 times. You will never get bored visiting Vasa Museum. It is rich in history. I will recommend every visitor to Stockholm to visit this incredible museum.
On August 10th 1628, the day of its maiden voyage, the Royal warship Vasa sank after sailing only 1.300 metres, she did not even manage to leave the harbour of Stockholm. On calm sea the pride of the naval power Sweden sank due to the immense weight of the decoration and basic constructional faults (it was, for example, built top-heavy which led to massive instability). Despite all these apparent defects Vasa was allowed to set sail and so the catastrophe ran its course and 50 people were doomed to die. When Vasa was built, by order of king Gustav II Adolf, she was meant to express the dominance of Sweden at the Baltic Sea. She was one of the largest and most heavily armed warships of her time and neither trouble nor expense was spared to equip and decorate her. Obviously that mark was overshot!
After 333 years at the bottom of Stockholms Ström, Vasa was finally salvaged by a group of marine archaeologists. And after almost 17 years of restauration, the ship was 1st brought to a temporary museum (Wasavarvet) before it was relocated to Vasa Museum wher today it can be admired. It is not possible to enter the ship, but the museum's 6 levels allow in-depth exploration of this impressive wreck. Parts of the ship (like the cannon deck) were also recreated (to give an impression of the ship's size and the on-board conditions) and can be visited. Vasa museet also houses various exhibits related to the archaeological findings of the ship and early 17th century Sweden. According to claims on the official web site, it is the most visited museum of Scandinavia.
The Vasa Museum is definitely a "must see" in Stockholm. It was solely built for the ship Vasa which sank in 1628 on its maiden voyage after just appr. 15 minutes.
It was salvaged in 1961 and restored with great care. It's amazing to see those beautiful carvings which have survived more than 300 years under water.
Apart from the Vasa, there are also some smaller exihibts about things connected to that great ship.
Opening times: Sep.-May: daily 10am-5pm, 10am-8pm on Wednesdays
June-Aug: daily 8.30am-6pm, 10am-8pm on Wednesdays
Free guided tours in different languages
A must do is this place. The Vasa Muesum.....cost to get in is 100 SEK.....it takes about an hour or so to walk around the entire place.....every half an hour there is a short film on the Vasa and how it was found and brought up, the film switch's from English with Swedish sub titles, and Swedish with English sub-titles.....A MUJST DO for history buffs.
...visit the Vasa museum! Here you can find an enormous ship, that sunk hundreds of years ago, because the balast was not in order. The ship was dug up and a lot was intact. The ship is impressive and can be admired from 7 different floors.
The details of the ship are incredible - carvings and decorations every where and due to the cold water of the Baltic was well kept over three hundred years. It supposed to have been an imposing ship to frighten opponents just by the sheer beauty. Maybe it was good that the ship sank right after sail out - how else would we be able to admire this detail work today if the ship would have sunk elsewhere?