Vasamuseet (The Vasa Museum) Stockholm, Sweden


There are many great museums in Stockholm, but the one that fascinates me most is The Vasa Museum. The amazing story of this museum begins more than 380 years ago...

Vasa is the name of a warship that was built in 1628 for King Gustav II Adolf in Stockholm. About 1000 Oaktress went into the production of the ship. It is 69 meters long, 12 meters wide and at the highest point it reaches 58 meters. To build this ship was a very ambitious project at the time.

When the Vasa’s bottom was already finished the king decided that one deck of cannons wasn’t enough. He wanted to overwhelm his enemies and ordered to put a second deck on top. The construction of the keel wasn’t prepared for this additional weight and so the catastrophe became inevitable.

Already on its maiden trip, about 20 minutes after having left the harbour, a blast of wind knocked over the vasa. It sank and many people died.

Over 300 years later an archaeologist named Anders Franzén started looking for the wreckage. It took him 5 years but finally he found it. An astonishing discovery was made. The ship was amazingly well preserved thanks to a very special sea current. It turned out that the ship was so well preserved that it could be recovered in one piece!

And so another 6 years of recovery and repair later the vasa was brought back to the surface, able to swim again and then towed to the nearby island Djurgården where they finally built a museum around this treasure chest of a boat.

Why did I tell you all this?

Because I think unless you know the story of the museum as well as the ships it’s hard to conceive the magic of this place. Some people enter the museum and get disappointed because all they see is a big wooden boat. But for me it was like being able to travel back in time. The thought that this ship sank to the oceans ground and then over 300 years later it comes back into our world just as if nothing ever happened still amazes me even months after my visit at the museum.

But for us lomographers there’s even more in it: great shots!

The good thing is that you can get very close to the ship. The museum consists of three floors so you can take a good look at the bottom, the side and the top of the beautifully decorated Vasa. Photography is allowed and even using the flash doesn’t seem to be a problem. Besides the ship itself you will find in the museum: miniature models, paintings, reconstructions of several parts of the ship and even skeletons of men who died on the ship. I also recommend watching the movie which tells the story of the Vasa and its impressive recovery.

So if you plan to travel to Stockholm, pay a visit to Vasamuseet and don’t forget you favorite lomographic camera, a tripod (!) and your colorsplash flash. I think you will enjoy it.

And by the way: I’d love to see some Horizon shots of the Vasa!!!

written by trash-gordon-from-outer-space on 2009-09-27 in #world #locations #djurgarden #boat #archeology #sweden #stockholm #vasa #ship #recovery #museum #war #time-travel


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    I love it ! Feels like being there ! And 13 is my favourite !

  2. mstrlss
    mstrlss ·

    Cool, i'll be in Stockholm in 2 weeks, thanks for sharing, def. makes me wanna visit the Museum.

  3. makeyuu
    makeyuu ·

    its really fun how we swedes put this huge failure for everyone to see : D thats what I call self distance!

  4. heneken
    heneken ·

    If you're going to see the huge wooden boat, then as said, bring a tripod, cable release and some high iso film. The lighting is quite poor inside...

  5. vintaprint
    vintaprint ·

    Den ersten Kontakt mit der Waasa hatte ich durch einen Beitrag in den Fernsehnachrichten, man berichtetet über den Fund. Später kam immer wieder mal etwas über die Waasa im Fernsehen, mal über die geplante Bergung halt lauter kleine Schnippsel die mich nie sonderlich interessiert haben. Jahre danach stand fand ich mich in Stockholm in einer Schlange stehend vor der ausgestellten Waasa wieder. Museum nannte man es damals noch nicht, diese gigantische Schiff stand in einem Trockendock umgeben von einem Laufgerüst für die Besucher umhüllt mit Kilometer langen Schläuchen aus derem Ende die Salzlösung zum konservieren in einem fein Sprühnebel austrat. Umgeben war das Trockendock von einer Wellblechhalle die das Schiff gerade aufnahm. Es war eng, feucht und heiß in dieser "Hundehütte". Auf Infotafeln wurde über den provosorischen Zustand informiert, die noch Jahre andauerende Konservierung und das geplante Museum. Der Bau und die Eröffnung des Museums ging an mir vor bei. Viele Jahre später in Stockholm sah ich den Bau aus der Ferne und fragte einen Pasannten nach der markannten Form. Stolz berichtete er von Waasa Museet und empfahl es unbedingt zu besichtigen, auch bei wenig Zeit und schönen Wetter. Wir sind am anderen Morgen hin, sie fand den Bau beeindruckend und ich war neugierig darauf was aus der Blechhütte geworden ist. Wir waren tief beeindruckt, es ist so als ob man die Waasa auf dem Meeresgrund liegend besucht. Ich habe bis heute keine Ausstellung gesehen die so gut auf das Ausstellungsstück eingeht. Wir sind damals zwischen 10 und 11Uhr ins Museum und irgendwann zwischen 17 und 18Uhr wieder raus. Wir hatten danach das Gefühl von einem langen Tauchgang zurückgekehrt zu sein und die ganze Zeit im Wasser verbracht zu haben. Stockholm ist eine sehr schöne Stadt in der viel zu sehen gibt. Fragt mich jemand nach einem Platz den man in Stockholm unbedingt gesehen habe sollte gebe ich den Ratschlag des freundlichen Stockholmers weiter. Die Waasa ist meiner Meinung nach unbedingtes Muß.

  6. trash-gordon-from-outer-space
    trash-gordon-from-outer-space ·

    Vielen Dank für deinen spannenden Bericht @vintaprint Vielleicht magst du ihn auch noch unter die deutsche Version des Artikels posten?…

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