The Vasa Museum in Stockholm closes for renovations

Posted by on March 21, 2013

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Whoever visits Stockholm during this period cannot visit one of the city’s main attractions, the Vasa Museum. It is a museum dedicated to the 1600 galleon that sank a few miles from the port of Stockholm on the day of its launch being stranded at the bottom for centuries before being almost entirely recovered and transported to the museum in the 60s. The Vasa Museum will in fact stay closed until April 30 for renovations and then reopen the doors widened which will then be able to accommodate more visitors. On the museum’s website it explains that:

Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

The construction of the museum happened no less than 20 years ago. At the time it was built to accommodate no more than 600.000 visitors in a year. However, in recent years the number of people has increased to over 1 million which has resulted in queues longer than the whole entrance and a huge number of people has occasionally concentrated at certain intriguing parts of the museum resulting in a chance of the building not holding out and several risks with it.

Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

It will be possible to admire Vasa Museum’s exhibits in its new role from May 1. Among the other news besides it being reopened, is also the improvement of the entrance area which will be dedicated with more space for visiting groups and more easily accessible by disabled visitors. The new building will also host a hall for temporary exhibitions and a new store. Another important new feature is the presence of several large windows that illuminate more of the museum in contrast to the present structure.

Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

For more on Stockholm see also: What to do in Stockholm during winter | A boat tour and more, Museums in Stockholm Vasa, Modern and National Museum.

Vasa Museum photos: Harlani Salim, konde, rieh.

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