STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- The Vasa Museum, a dedicated exhibit of the
ornate 17th century warship of the same name, rigged up a special
program to coincide with the winter festival here. Daily from Dec.
27 through Jan. 6, the Vasa will treat guests to a vision of
For starters, a 17th century-style soup will be brewed outside
over an open fire. Guests will be served at about 11 a.m., straight
from a replica of the cauldron from the ship's galley.
At noon, replicas of the ship's cannons will fire a double
Swedish salute. Following the salute will be a screening of the
movie "Three Ships in Winter," which depicts the various ways the
Vasa warship and her neighbors -- the Finngrundet fireship and the
Sankt Erik icebreaker -- spent the cold season. Guided tours of all
three ships and then a soup or hot dog lunch round out the
At intervals throughout the season, "King Gustavus II Adolphus"
will make appearances "to inspect his ship and his subjects."
The Vasa was built for the king in 1628 and was the most
expensive and richly ornamented naval vessel in Sweden. But it was
sunk on its maiden voyage by a gust of wind while still inside
Stockholm Harbor. The disaster was deemed the fault of unstable
In 1956, the Vasa was rediscovered, and, in 1961, it was brought
out of the sea, at which time an extensive preservation project
began on the ship and its 14,000 artifacts. The 154-foot ship is
95% restored, including six of its 10 sails.
The museum in which it is housed opened in 1990 and also
encompasses a multimedia adventure station as well as exhibits on
the history of the ship, its salvaging, its art and the lifestyle
of its crew as well as naval warfare in the 1600s.
Other elements of the museum include a children's corner and
exhibits of the Finngrundet, which carried explosives and weapons
into close range of enemy ships for attacking, and the Sankt
Admission costs about $8 for adults; $1.50 for children.
Standard guided tours cost $30. For $60, a tour can be arranged
with a museum curator.
The Vasa Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (8 p.m. on
Wednesdays.) It is closed Dec. 23 to 25, 31 and Jan. 1. In the
summer, it is open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Web: www.vasamuseet.seWhat's on tap at the Vasa
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Events at the Vasa Museum through the
winter include the following:On Oct. 12, "Scenes from the Bard," a selection of scenes from
William Shakespeare's masterpieces, will be performed in
English.From Oct. 29 through April, there will be a special exhibit
exploring the way the ship's sculptures were created and
colored.As extra inspiration for artists, the Vasa will hold painting
courses in November, teaching 17th century-style paints and
techniques.On Dec. 4 and 5, the Swedish backgammon championships will be
held at the Vasa. Spectator games are held Wednesday afternoons
Swedish Tourist Board
Phone: (212) 885-9700
Fax: (212) 885-9764