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Why would you go and look at a huge ship which sank on its maiden voyage? Well, because the ship itself is so beautiful with decorations all over. The museum is also fascinating since it has special conditions to preserve the ship above water these days. Maybe I shouldn't encourage visitors since our breaths cause problems for the ship and it currently breaks down at a faster rate than before but if we don't go, they don't get any money to solve that problem either. You will see a wonderful ship that was built with more decorations than the Dutch constructor wanted for its safety (it became top heavy) but he didn't dare to oppose the king (Gustavus Adolphus II) who was one of the war kings of Sweden, constantly on the move in Germany or elsewhere. That is why Vasa was heavily decorated and since it was a war ship, also packed with cannons. When she set off from Stockholm there was no wind. The sailors 'rocked' the ship into motion and that was all it took. Disaster was a fact.

The museum has guided tours in several languages and films on how they found and raised Vasa again. There are also permanent exhibitions on the wharf and how she was built and on what life was like on board a 17th century war ship. Definately one of the best museums in the world!

Directions: On Djurgarden - Stockholm's green oasis. Catch a ferry from the Old Town (see picture) or bus from the city centre.
Phone: +46 8 519 548 00
Website: http://www.vasamuseet.se/en/

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 2, 2005
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