The Maritime Museum
Of ships & seas
The Maritime Museum is located on the bank of Djurgårdsbrunnsviken in Norra Djurgården, Stockholm, where it provides insights into Swedish naval history, merchant shipping and the art of shipbuilding.
The building was designed by architect Ragnar Östberg in a style that is usually called Swedish Classicism. It was built in the years 1933–1936 and was initially intended to house two different museum collections – the Swedish naval history collections and the Swedish maritime collections. The joint museum was made possible thanks to a donation from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, which attached a condition that the museum was not to be in a Functionalist style.
The Maritime Museum's monumental structure has echoes of ancient temples, which were also referenced in the architecture of the late 18th century, a great period for Swedish naval and maritime history that is well represented in the museum's collections.
The Maritime Museum seeks to bring Sweden's seafaring heritage to life and increase our knowledge of maritime history, not least through exhibitions, education and the collection of historically valuable maritime artefacts. The museum's displays include ship interiors, navigational instruments, weapons, figureheads, sailors' crafts, art and a wide range of model ships.
For children, there is the Saltkråkan playroom, where they can try their hand at helming a steam boat and sailing. The café serves refreshments or you can eat your own food in the picnic area.
The building is part of our shared cultural heritage. The National Property Board looks after it, but it is the museum that keeps the building alive. Information on exhibitions and activities can be found on the museum's website.
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