The Vasa warship
The Vasa museum is Scandinavia’s most visited museum with over one million visitors per year. The history of the sunken warship from 1628 fascinates so many people. Today the Vasa is the only preserved seventeenth-century ship in the world, and a unique art treasure. More than 95 percent of the 69 meter-long warship is original, and it is decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures. The Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in the middle of Stockholm and was salvaged 333 years later. For nearly half a century the ship has been slowly, deliberately and painstakingly restored to a state approaching its original glory. The three masts on the roof outside the specially built museum show the height of the ship’s original masts. The museum can also be used by groups for gala dinners or other private events.