Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum (Galärvarvsvägen 14, Stockholm) – this is the one museum in the world that’s dedicated to a ship. The Vasa.  The Vasa is the only preserved 17-century ship in the world, and a unique art treasure.  Most of the ship is original, and it is decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures. The 69 meter-long warship Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in Stockholm in 1628, and was salvaged over 300 years later in 1961.  Since then, the ship has been slowly, deliberately and painstakingly restored to a state approaching its original glory.  The three masts on the roof outside the specially built museum reveal the height of the ship’s original masts. Today, this is the most visited museum in Scandinavia, with over one million visitors a year, and ten different exhibitions around the ship to tell about life on board the ship. The film about the Vasa is shown in 13 different languages.  In addition there is a well-stocked shop and a pleasant restaurant. Tours of the museum take place every day. Admission:  SEK 130 (adult).  Free admission for children up to 18 years.