I was doing a speaking gig in Stockholm and had an afternoon off and had been presented with the key to the city (a free pass to all of the attractions). I was told on no uncertain terms that I HAD to visit the Vasa Museum. They weren't wrong.
When I set off for the Museum - which is a beautiful walk from the City Centre - I had no idea what kind of museum it was. When I needed some directions along the way, someone said to "just look for the masts", so I was expecting some kind of maritime museum. When I walked in and the first thing I saw was the bow of the Vasa (almost the exact view shown on this attraction page), I knew I had found something special.
The story of the Vasa is amazing, and I strongly recommend you join one of the tour groups to get the context and a lot of detail you may miss in the signage and brochures. Once you've done that, you could spend hours wandering around this ship, on multiple levels, marveling at both the workmanship and stupidity that make this such a fascinating story and amazing museum.
DO NOT visit Stockholm without visiting the Vasa Museum.
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