The Vasa Museum is home to the beautifully restored 17th century Vasa warship, one of Sweden's most lavish naval vessels ever constructed. Despite sinking on its maiden voyage in 1628, the ship is famous throughout the country and the exhibition is now the most visited museum in the whole of Scandinavia.
A top attraction in the city
The Vasa was salvaged in 1961 and has been displayed in its very own custom-built museum since 1990. Despite being commissioned by King Gustavus Adolphus, the monarch's fervent involvement and desire to own the world's greatest ship ultimately proved its downfall. Visitors can now view six levels of the restored ship, gaining an insight into the conditions Swedish sailors would have worked in and the design features that went into the vessel.
Alongside the Vasa, is a collection of reclaimed artifacts and exhibits, which provide interesting information about the history of the ship. If you would like to learn more about Sweden’s naval past then check out the 20th century ships found inside the museum. These you can explore at your leisure.
A historical feat
The Vasa ship was one built for war. It was built with cannons and has space for a crew of 450 men where 300 were to be soldiers, meaning the vessel was a mean fighting machine. Unfortunately, it took two years to build but less than 2km of sea to destroy it. The ship sunk from beneath the feet of its first crew before it could even leave the Stockholm Archipelago. After many attempts to raise it over 300 years, the Vasa was finally surfaced in 1961. A visit to the museum will tell you this story in photos and relics keeping you engaged with every step.
Come and see this magnificent piece of design when staying at the Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel, Stockholm. It is the perfect place to take curious children and adults alike.