Vasamuseet Stockholm Reviews
Jul 01, 2007
The Vasa Museum is a museum experience done very well. The entrance is a little expensive, although they do do discounts, so for students have your student cards ready - thankfully they aren't fussy about what kind of card it is - My college ID sufficed this time.
The main hall is dark to help preserve the ship, which makes photography difficult, but I was impressed simply by the fact that photography was allowed. The layout is perfect. five floors of galleries concentrically surround the ship, meaning you get to see it from every angle, and there is a wealth of information about each part one can see from each point, which is well written, and mercifully written for adults (i.e. not codecending and simplistic). There are also very interesting smaller displays on different aspects such as life in Medieval Sweden, or how the Vasa was constructed, etc., but the main focus of the information is how the ship was recovered in the latter part of the last century, and the general theme is archealogical. Nothing is overly dramatised, and where information is not known it's indicated, and no wild postulations are made (which annoys me about some museums - they feel they need to tell you everything. Not like that here, here good).
There is a video giving an overview of the museum, and frequent guided tours around the museum all of which are done in the various major european languages.
Overall a highly enjoyable experience. So prepare to spend at least two hours inside, and take you camera with you!
Part of the Sweden; Summer 2007 travel blog
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