Experience the majestic Vasa Museum
Make your way to the Vasa Museum and see the world’s only preserved 17th century shop. This stunningly ornate ship was reclaimed from the ocean floor after 333 years underwater. The Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was painstakingly salvaged in 1961. Since its restoration to dry land the Vasa has been lovingly repaired and preserved. Today, you can visit the museum to learn more about this historical symbol of Sweden, find unique souvenirs in the museum shop or enjoy traditional fika in their own restaurant.
Marvel at maritime historyThe Vasa took almost two years to complete, with hundreds of carpenters, sawyers, sail makers, painters and many other craftsmen working on her. It was commissioned by King Gustav II Adolf who took great pride in his splendid new ship. Vasa was made from more than a thousand oak trees and held 64 cannons, to serve as a warship in the Swedish navy. With masts reaching more than 50 meters into the sky and hulls festooned with hundreds of painted and gilded sculptures, the Vasa was a thing of great beauty and power.
Enjoy thrilling exhibitionsYou can learn more about the unique history of the ship through Vasa museum’s many exhibitions. Follow the crew through five acts, from conscription to training, fighting and ultimately death, enabling you to see for yourself how it was before, during and after a sea battle around 1628. You can even feel the form and weight of the different weapons and see how they were used. The Vasa was a formidable machine of war but also a work of art in itself. Ornate carvings and statues covered the ship, and one of the exhibitions is dedicated to this imagery. Other exhibitions feature the stories of the people who went down with the ship, life on board, preservation work, the Stockholm Shipyard and much more. Vasa Museum is a treasure chest you cannot miss when in the city.
After a day of sightseeing and experiencing the Vasa you can return to the tranquil surroundings of our Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm. Here, you can relax and recharge before adventuring further into the city an all it has to offer.