The Vasa museum

7 Jul

Fachada del museo Vasa
The Vasa museum seen from outisde

The Vasa museum is the typical place where it doesn’t really matter how many times you have been before you still want to get back again and again, its by far, my favorite museum in the city and one of my favorite ones in the whole world.

Located at the green island of Djurgården, the vasa is just an impressive museum both from the inside and from the outside, i m not really surprised to read that its the most visited museo in the whole Scandinavia, with 25 millions visitors from 1990 to 2009.

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 main hall contains the ship itself and various exhibits related to the archaeological findings of the ships and early 17th century Sweden. Vasa has been fitted with the lower sections of all three masts, a new bowsprit, winter rigging, and has had certain parts that were missing or heavily damaged replaced. The replacement parts have not been treated or painted and are therefore clearly visible against the original material that has been darkened after three centuries under water.

Shows as well a replicate, in wax of the faces of some of the passengers of the boat, the replicates are done after analysing the DNA in the bones found in the boat.

Reconstrucción de tres de los pasajeros del Vasa
Reconstruction of some of the Vasa crewmen

The building of the ship took almost two years (1626-1627) under the guidance of the king Gustav II Adolf.  In the building participated from dawn to dusk, carpenters, sawyers, smiths, ropelayers, sailmakers, painters, carvers, gun carriage makers and other specialists struggled to complete the navy’s great, new ship.


The boat was planned to be amazing, built with the wood from more than 1000 oak trees, with 64 cannon and  masts over 50 meters high and hundreds of painted and gilded sculptures.

Así era el Vasa
Like that was the vasa

On Sunday, the 10th of August, 1628, Vasa lay rigged and ready for sea just below the royal palace Tre Kronor. Ballast, guns and ammunition were all on board.

On the quays and shores along Strömmen, an excited public waited to watch the ship leave Stockholm and celebrate her departure.

Over a hundred crewmen were on board, as well as women and children. The crew had permission to take family and guests along for the first part of the passage through the Archipelago.

Palacio real
Royal Palace

For the first few hundred meters, Vasa was warped along the waterfront with cables from the shore. The ship did not begin to sail until she reached what is now Slussen.

Once Vasa came out from under the lee of the Södermalm cliffs, ship’s fate was decided. Vasa sank, after sailing barely 1300 meters.

In 1961, and after 333 under water, Vasa was rescued , the work for  taking it out the water took almost 3 years.

El Vasa volviendo a salir a la superficie
Vasa is being rescued
Inside Vasa


Vasa seen from above
Details of the back side of the boat


Visiting address

Galärvarvsvägen 14, Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden


From the Central Station. Approximate time: 30 minutes.
From Karlaplan station. Approximate time: 10 minutes.


The easiest way to get to the museum is by tram. From the city centre (by Sergels torg square, on Hamngatan street) take tram number 7 towards Waldemarsudde.


Bus 44 to bus stop Nordiska museet/Vasamuseet.
Bus 69 and 76 to bus stop Djurgårdsbron.


Red line to station Karlaplan. From there a 10 minute walk or bus 44 to bus stop Nordiska museet/Vasamuseet.


Ferry from Slussen all year round and from Nybroplan during the summer.

Opening Hours

1 September – 31 May

Every day 10.00-17.00
Wednesdays 10.00-20.00

New Year´s Eve 31 December 10.00-15.00
Closed: 1 January and 23-25 December

1 June – 31 August

Every day 8.30-18.00


  • Adults 130 SEK
  • Students 100 SEK (with valid student ID showing expiry date)
  • Children and adolescents 0-18 years free of charge

2 comentarios to “The Vasa museum”

  1. Maria Zambrano abril 19, 2014 a 8:50 am #

    Gracias por esto, la verdad que es bueno conseguir informaciones de este tipo, ahora mismo trataré de comenzar un trabajo que se relaciona bastante con esto.


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