The Tre Kronor Museum

The story of the palace that burned

The Tre Kronor Museum tells the story of the old palace in Stockholm that was destroyed in a terrible fire on 7 May 1697. Objects saved from the flames and newly created models tell the story of how the old Tre Kronor castle went from fortress to palace.

Work on the original Tre Kronor castle began in the 13th century. Surrounded by a simple defensive wall, the keep was strategically located to control shipping between Lake Mälaren and Saltsjön. The castle was extended during the reign of King Gustav Vasa, gaining features such as defensive towers and a moat. The castle was transformed into a Renaissance palace under King Johan III, but Karl XI had major plans for a complete redevelopment of the castle and began extensive remodelling in 1692, starting in the north wing. This work came to an abrupt end with the devastating fire of 1697.

The Tre Kronor Museum is now housed at the end of the Royal Palace's north wing, the part of the old castle that survived the fire best. Take a look at the five metre-thick defensive wall from the 13th century as you pass by on your way into the museum.

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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