Saturday, November 27

Wrecks Museum


The other day I was invited to see and experience the newest museum in Stockholm: The shipwreck museum (Vrakmuseet). The museum takes a deeper look (pun intended) at the interesting marine archeology found in the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea is quite unique in that it is mainly brackish water combined with its large size and the number of countries that share its shores. Brackish water makes wooden shipwrecks better preserved due to a lack of salt and shipworms.

The most famous example of a preserved shipwreck is the Vasa, found in the nearby Vasa Museum. Read about my recent visit by clicking here. In fact, the Vasa Museum is not only a close neighbor of the Museum of the Wrecks, but they are also sister museums … they are all part of the collection of Swedish museums of maritime and transport history. And, if you are interested in marine archeology and history, these are great museums to combine on your visit to Stockholm. Both of them are located in the west coast of Djurgården.

Vrak Cafe & Bar

The Museum of the Wrecks has two floors. We start our tour on the first floor with an immersive movie experience called Sea of ​​Memories that gives you a good introduction. It’s not a 360-degree cinematic experience, but it does take up most of the walls, and even the ceiling, of the room. After the movie, the tour continued until the next major exhibition dedicated to the shipwreck. Traveler man from 1660. It was quite famous in its day as the ship carried many prominent people and treasures.

Itinerant man exhibition

The ship sank in the southern Stockholm archipelago in 1660 and was found in 2012. The Resande Man exhibition (in Swedish, “Traveling Man”) is quite interesting in the use of technology to bring the wreck to life and the objects. Many of the artifacts are displayed as holograms and the exhibit carpet is a life-size image of the shipwreck itself. And if you view the carpet through your mobile phone camera, it is displayed in 3D. Cold! As a person who visits many museums, it is really interesting to see how many of them are successfully using new technologies in their exhibitions.

Carpet composed of life-size images of the wreck of the Resande Man

The museum exhibition continues on the second floor. For one thing, they have a look at six individual shipwrecks throughout history in an exhibition called “The Divided Sea” … beginning with the Stone Age and continuing through the Middle Ages, two world wars and up to the tragic sinking of MS Estonia in 1994 it claimed 852 lives. In other comments: the memorial of the victims of the Estonian tragedy can be found just behind the museum. The guide explained that they were careful to include wrecks from different Baltic countries, not just Sweden, to show the shared history and culture of these countries.

And finally, you have the opportunity to experience a deep dive in the Baltic using interactive goggles / headphones where you can drive through the dark depths. See what it’s like to be a marine archaeologist in the Baltic! Back on the entrance floor we had a chance to peruse their nice gift shop and grab something delicious to eat and drink at the Vrak Cafe and Bar. A good way to end the tour!

Fellow Concierge testing marine archeology

As I already mentioned before, the museum is located in Djurgården… in the same neighborhood as many of Stockholm’s other major museums and attractions, such as Skansen, Gröna Lund, ABBA the Museum, Museum of Spirits, as well as the aforementioned Vasa Museum and many more. The easiest way to get to the museum from the Hotel Rival It is the convenient Djurgård Ferry in nearby Gamla Stan. Or, if you are in the city center, you can take the Djurgård tram to the island.

Location on the Djurgård waterfront


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