When visiting Stockholm and explore its many museums, we recommend you include the astonishing Vasa Museum in your itinerary. This museum, which houses the wreck of a magnificent ship, is sure to impress young and old alike!
As you’d expect, it’s one of Stockholm’s most visited sites. To avoid the crowds at the ticket office, we advise you to book your tickets on the official online booking site, to save precious time on the day of your visit.
We give you below all the practical information to facilitate your visit (price, time of visit, opening day and schedule) ….
The Vasa ship: an inglorious wreck
This ship, commissioned by King Gustav II Adolphus in 1625, was to be the symbol of Swedish power. Construction took 2 years, supervised by the King and an experienced Dutch site manager.
Despite initial doubts about its stability, the boat did make it out of the harbor, but sank in a sudden gust of wind just 20 minutes after its first outing. It then remained submerged for over 3 centuries.
Visit the Vasa Museum: location, opening hours and prices
Where is the Vasa Museum?
The Vasa Museum is a must-see, located at the following address: Galärvarvsvägen 14, on the island of Djaurgarden, nicknamed “Museum Island”, in the heart of the Swedish capital.
- September to May 10am – 5pm (Wednesdays until 8pm)
- June to August 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Closed on December 24 and 25, and on December 31 (10 a.m.-3 p.m. only).
Remember to check this information on your ticket before you arrive.
Vasa Museum rates and reservations
This is Stockholm’s most visited museum, so we advise you to buy your admission ticket directly online on the official booking site to avoid the long queues at the booking kiosks.
We visited at the end of July, and the automatic terminals were closed when we arrived, giving the museum time to empty out. We were able to return, as we had bought our tickets online.
Price: 190 SEK (approx. €16) from May to September and 170 SEK (approx. €12 ) from October to April – free for under-18s – photos possible without flash. Museum included in“Go City” pass
➡️Nous recommends the“Go City” Stockholm Pass, which pays for itself after the third museum ticket purchased. Your ticket will give you free access to many of Stockholm’s museums, such as the Vasa Museum, the Skansen Museum, the Nobel Museum…
How to prepare for your visit
How to organize your visit?
On arrival, we recommend that you go to the reception desk (located near the lockers and toilets) to ask for the film schedule in French, and to pick up the small booklet in French for children.
Ideally, you should start by watching the 15-minute film. The French timetable did not correspond to our time slot. So we watched it in English (with English subtitles) at the end of our visit. In short, don’t be like us, be a little more organized, if you can.
The film is really great. It shows impressive footage of the boat’s emergence from the water, the first divers (of the time) to descend, explains the boat’s conservation methods and shows the objects exhumed from the boat.
Then connect to the museum’s website, with your headphones on. A free audio guide is available in French, with around 15 tracks to listen to. We recommend that you let us guide you through the entire museum, with exhibits organized around the boat. The entire tour is based around theshipwreck.
Throughout your visit, you’ll learn more about the ship’shistory, the causes of the sinking and theinvestigation. The museum is very visual, with models of the boat, the shipyard, various statuses recreated in color, a sectional drawing of the boat with small figurines…
Our tips for preparing your visit
Here is some information we think you should know to help you prepare for your visit:
- Book your tickets on the official online booking site
- Bring your headphones to enjoy the free audio guide on your phone
- Ask for the schedule for the French-language explanatory film on arrival
- Pick up the children’s booklet at reception
- Key locker (no token or padlock required)
- Toilets next to children’s area less frequented
We’re in Sweden, so of course there’s an area dedicated to children, with a little cartoon in English and a few books.
If your child doesn’t understand English, ask for the booklet in French at reception. In which a visit is proposed, in the form of small investigations, with about ten small texts to be read with questions/things to be observed in the museum, for example “98% of the boat is intact – can you find the lighter parts on the boat? ”
Older children can read the booklet on their own. It’s not incredible compared to other museums in Sweden, but at least it exists. In the end, thanks to the booklet, our daughter, aged 3 and a half, was able to understand the different sections we visited.
Our opinion and visiting time
We stayed 1h15. We had plenty of time to enjoy the different areas, and our daughter loved them too. We loved the relaxing atmosphere thanks to the subdued lighting. The entire tour takes place around the boat on several levels, and at times we were very close to the boat. It’s the only museum in the world to preserve a 17th-century ship virtually intact, so go for it!
Where to sleep in Stockholm?
To get the most out of your stay, we recommend the Norrmalm and Östermalm districts. For smaller budgets, the Södermalm district may be a good alternative.
– Coup de coeur ♥ : Hotel Birger Jarl, quartier Noormalm (le meilleur quartir pour dormir selon nous) : la situation géographique de l’hôtel est parfaite pour visiter le centre de Stockholm à pied. Dans un beau bâtiment entièrement rénové, notre logement était spacieux avec un mini frigo et avec une décoration soignée, un excellent rapport qualité prix où vous vous sentirez comme chez vous. Nous y retournerons sans hésitation.
– Bon marché € : City Backpackers Hostel, c’est une auberge de jeunesse joliment décorée certainement le meilleur rapport qualité / prix de Stockholm, 75€ en chambre double dans le quartier branché de Sodermalm (l’un de nos préférés). J’y avais dormi lors de mon premier séjour à Stockholm (Floriane).
We wish you a excellent trip to Stockholm and one last little tip: don’t miss its incredible archipelago! Don’t hesitate to leave us a quick note or 5 stars below, to let us know if you’re planning this trip, to ask any questions you may have, here or on Instagram, we’ll get back to you with great pleasure.