Warship Worship

Always has this notion that good museums are those with a great and big collection from a particular period or genre. This has changed (or shall I say expanded?) after I visited Vasamuseet (The Vasa Museum) in Stockholm. There is only one item in its collection – the Vasa, a warship worshipped by millions of visitors every year.

‘The Vasa is the world’s only surviving 17th century ship. With only 95% of its original parts preserved and ornamented with hundreds of carved sculptures  the Vasa is displayed in a fabulous purpose-built museum with nine related exhibitions. Prize-winning shop and restaurant.’ – The Stockholm Card guide

The Vasa in itself is an art piece with so much history. Imagine Sweden in the 17th century. King commissioned the construction of the greatest warship of its time. The warship is the Vasa, built not only for the war with its gun power. With its sculptures, it was a masterpiece showcasing the king’s wealth, power etc. It sunk within hundreds of metres on its maiden voyage. Remained deep in the Baltic sea for hundreds of years. Finally found and salvaged in the late 20th century.

It was kind of amazing to see the Vasa up close and personal.IMG_0228 IMG_0232
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What the sculptures originally looked like on the Vasa before it sank. The colors have eroded with the many years of immersion in the Baltic sea, leaving behind the sculptures in wood/bronze as shown in pictures above.
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Can’t help but agree that a nice restaurant can enhance the museum experience. I like the restaurant at Vasamuseet – good food,  great view with lots of sunlight. Just like al fresco dining indoors! 
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Left: An outdoor extension of what you see from the restaurant. Vasamuseet is built right next to the sea. Great view. And where I thought it is really appropriate to locate the Vasa… Right: Facade of Vasamuseet. Not really ‘wow’ but when you imagine how the Vasa was transported directly from the sea into the museum, the sheer size of the Vasa etc, it is quite an impressive piece of architecture.
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Once again, very thankful for the great weather on Day 3. Also visited Storkyrkan (Storkyrkan Cathedral) and Nordiska Museet, before I embarked on the overnight ferry to Helsinki!

Enjoyed the visit to Storkyrkan (it is just round the corner of the Nobel Museum and the Royal Palace in the old town).

‘Stockholm’s medieval Cathedral, built in 1279,  houses unique objects such as the St George and the Dragon sculpture (1489) and the legendary Vadersoltavlan (1636). Since 1527, the Cathedral has been a Lutheran church. A wide range of religious services and concerts are held. The wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel took place on Saturday June 19 2010 in Stockholm Cathedral.’ – The Stockholm Card guide

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As for Nordiska Museet which is next to Vasamuseet, it is housed in a beautiful castle but I was a bit daunted by its huge collection (where you can explore trends and traditions, life and work in Sweden, Folk art, textiles, fashion, furnished rooms, and much more, according to The Stockholm Card guide.

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This was supposed to be a boxing day press, but I was out the entire day today so only found time to press now. I supposed it still counts, as it is still boxing day at the other half of the world and in Stockholm :p Happy Boxing Day, everyone! 🙂

About cyndichan

Write for a living. Live for travel, run and art.
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