Christian & I aren’t really museum people when we visit new cities. We tend to like to walk around, visit the landmarks, stop in a few shops & enjoy the local cuisine but not really go into the museums. Christian said the Vasamuseet was a must-see when visiting Stockholm. He told me briefly what the museum was about: a ship sunk in the harbor and 300 years later they salvaged the ship & built a museum around it. I said that sounded interesting. After visiting the museum, I was amazed & can definitely see why this a must-visit when in Stockholm!
A little bit of history about the military ship, Vasa. In 1626 construction begins on the Vasa as ordered by King Gustav II Adolf at Skeppsgården, the naval shipyard in Stockholm. Two years later, on August 10th 1628 the Vasa starts off on its maiden voyage but ends up sinking in the Stockholm harbor after only sailing 1,300 meters! No one is to blame for the sinking. They try to raise the ship that year and the following year, 1629 but are not successful. In 1956 the Vasa is located in the harbor. This is the start of the salvaging of the ship. Dives are conducted to bring up parts of the ship. Large cables are placed under the ship and moved in pieces to shallower water. On April 24, 1961 the Vasa is raised from the sea after 333 years of being underwater. They then work to preserve the ship & salvage more artifacts from where the ship had lain. Over many years they reconstruct the ship & it is 98% original…amazing!!
We arrived at the museum shortly after it opened, which is important. When we left the museum there was a very long line to get in. There is an introductory video to watch that explains the history of the Vasa and the process of reconstructing the ship. It was very informative & then allows you to just go stand in awe of the ship! The room the ship is in somewhat dark & climate controlled to help with the preservation of the ship.
A model of the ship next to the real ship.