July 6, 2013
The Vasa Museum was a great surprise. Never did I imagine that an ancient ship lifted from the depths of the sea could be so immense, so intricately carved and in such great condition nearly 400 year after her maiden and last voyage in 1628.
Vasa, built as a splendid war ship by the Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus, was magnificently adorned and colorfully painted. On her maiden voyage and less than 400 feet from shore, the top heavy vessel was caught by a gust of wind and sank. She spent the next 333 years at the bottom of the Stockholm harbor and was finally raised in 1961.
This well done museum with multiple levels from which to view this incredible ship should be on everyone’s must see list of Stockholm sights. The museum, which opened in 1990, also included a film, guided tours, and other interesting exhibits. Depending on your level of interest in the subject matter you could spend a good half a day here or more.