Vasa Museum and the Island of Djurgarden


After disembarking from our ten minute ferry ride from the Island of Gamla Stan in Stockholm to Djurgarden Island, my Tour participants and I walked along the harbor in search of the famous Vasa Museum.

I noticed these little girls sitting on the dock, savoring their ice cream cone…

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We all said, “Wow”–when we walked in and saw the Vasa Ship!  She sank on her maiden voyage back in 1628 and is the only fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged.  It was times like this when I wished I had my tripod and wide-angle lens with me.  We spent at least an hour and one-half engrossed in the fascinating exhibits that transported you back in time.  I believe there were six or seven floors to explore!

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The Vasa measures 128 foot long and was submerged for 333 years before it was discovered again and raised…

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Although it sank just 390 feet from shore in 105 feet of water, 30 people perished with the ship.  Here’s a life-like wax figure of one of them…

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Djurgarden is home to historical buildings and monuments, museums, galleries, the amusement park Gröna Lund, the open air museum Skansen, and extensive stretches of forest and meadows. It is one of the Stockholmers’ favorite recreation areas and tourist destination alike, attracting over 10 million visitors per year, of which some 5 million come to visit the museums and amusement park.

The residential area on the Island is quite nice…

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There’s even a cemetery…

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Vasa Museum is magnificent and shouldn’t be missed!

13 thoughts on “Vasa Museum and the Island of Djurgarden

  1. Superb pictures! I LOVED the wax figure picture…..amazing! It is hard to believe he is a wax figure…..he looks so real. I am really having fun reading your blog and viewing all your gorgeous pictures….every blog is so interesting. Thanks for taking us along your journey.

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  3. Beautiful photos! Never seen that cemetery before. And guess what, I have never visited the Vasa Museum either (just like the City Hall). We were there 3 days ago trying to get in, but the queue outside was too long so we skipped the idea and went for a long photo walk instead. So nice to read your travel stories, Sherry! 🙂

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  4. That is one of the most life like wax figures I have ever seen. You can almost see him breathing! The ship is amazing and quite a treasure to be able to see. My schedule would have been out the window and I would have spent hours there.

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