Most people in the UK are familiar with the Mary Rose, the famous ship of the English navy under Henry VIII which was sank in battle in 1545 before being recovered in 1982. Sweden has its own ship with a similar history, the Vasa, a 64 gun ship, that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628, and was recovered in 1961.
Until 1988, the Vasa was kept in a temporary building, the Vasa Shipyard, before having a new museum built around the ship. On 15th June 1990, the Vasa Museum opened and has become a regular spot on the tourist trail for many visitors to Stockholm.
I went to the Vasa Museum a couple of weeks ago, and it was a real highlight of a couple of weeks travelling around Scandinavia. As soon as you walk in to the museum and see the huge ship in front of you, you get an idea of the scale of the vessel. You can walk around and look at the Vasa from all sorts of angles, and then get some idea of the colours that would have been painted on the ship. There are canon to see, and replica canon and other weapons, as well as reproductions of quarters from onboard the ship. It would be very easy to spend hours there, and photos really do not do justice to the magnificence of the ship, but here are a few photos from the Vasa Museum to give you an idea.