The Vasa Museum
If you ever find yourself in Sweden, make your way to the amazing Vasa Museum, it’s like nothing you’ll ever see anywhere else. I was a bit dubious when my friend suggested it as I had no idea what the Museum was even about. All she said was it’s a museum about a boat. But when you walk from the bright summer sunshine into the very dark and mysterious museum, you’re in another world, back in time to the 17th Century.
The Vasa was a beautifully crafted wooden war ship, built by King Gustav of Sweden which took over 2 years to make. It was one of a kind with intricate carvings by master craftsmen. It was a bit like the Titanic, disaster struck on its maiden voyage on 10 August 1628, it was launched and had sunk within 20 minutes in Stockholm Harbour.
The Museum is dedicated to this huge warship that was resurrected in 1951 after 333 years laying fully preserved in the fine silt of the harbour bottom. It was brought out almost intact and still has over 95% of its original timber and exquisite carvings.