Naval and Maritime Museums: Sweden


Hoppets Lokal

SE-272 00 Simrishamn.

A collection of ship paintings owned by a former maritime insurance society. Many of them are painted by L.P. Sjöström.


Länsmuseet i Gävleborgs Län

S. Strandgatan 20,
Box 746,
SE-801 28 Gävle.

Telephone: +46 (0)26 652065
Telefax: +46 (0)26 653765

Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00-16:00; Wednesday 10:00-21:00; Saturday-Sunday 13:00-17:00.

A local museum with a maritime section.


Göteborgs Maritima Centrum

SE-411 13 Göteborg.

Telephone: +46 (0)31 105950


Opening hours: Daily, March-April 10:00-16:00; May-June 10:00-18:00; July 10:00-21:00; August 10:00-18:00; September 10:00-16:00.

An open-air museum with a growing collection of ships moored at one of the piers in the harbour of Gothenburg:

Sjöfartsmuseet med akvariet

Karl Johansgatan 1-3,
SE-414 59 Göteborg.

Telephone: +46 (0)31 612902 / 612903


Opening Hours: May - August, Monday-Friday 09:00-16:00, Saturday-Sunday & Holidays, 11:00-17:00; September - April, Monday: Closed; Tuesday - Friday: 09:00 - 16:00; Wednesday: 09:00 - 21:00; Saturday - Sunday: 10.00 - 17:00.

The museum is devoted to all aspects of civilian shipping. The exhibitions primarely cover the shipping, shipbuilding and fishing industry of Gothenburg. The library holds more than 18.000 books.

There is also an aquarium attached to the museum.

The Friends of the Museum publishes the "yearbook" Unda Maris.

Nya Älvsborgs Fästning

Ferry from Packhuskajen, Lilla Bommen.

A fortress located at the entrance to the river Göta Älv. It successfully defended the city from naval attacks during the 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibits include displays on Thordenskiold, the Norwegian naval commander who led the attacks on Gothenburg, and the excavations of the 18th century Swedish East Indiaman Göteborg, which after returning from three years in China was wrecked just outside the fortress.



SE-734 00 Hallstahammar.

Telephone: +46 (0)220 17409.

A canal and lock museum illustrating the history of the Strömsholms Kanal.




Najaden (1897), a full-rigged composite ship built for the Royal Swedish Navy in 1897 as a sail training ship.

Halmstads Museum

SE-302 31 Halmstad.

Telephone: +46 (0)35 109480

A local museum with a large section on ships and shipping in the museum.


Fotevikens Museum

Box 82,
SE-236 22 Höllviken, Sk†ne

Telephone: +46 (0)40 456840
Telefax: +46 (0)40 455507

A local museum with an exhibition on ships and shipping.


Kalmar Länsmuseum

Skeppsbrogatan 51,
Box 104,
SE-391 21 Kalmar.

Telephone: +46 (0)480 56300
Telefax: +46 (0)480 56300
Regalskeppet Kronan

Opening hours: June 15 — August 15, daily 10:00-18:00; August 16 — June 14, daily 10:00-16:00.

Includes an exhibition of finds from the Swedish warship [Stora] Kronan which was sunk at the Battle of Öland in 1676.

Kalmar Sjöfartsmuseum

Södra Långgatan 81,
SE-381 00 Kalmar.

Telephone: +46 (0)480 86690; 56220

Opening hours: June 15 — August 15, Tuesday-Sunday 11:00-16:00.; August 16 — June 14, Sunday 12:00-16:00.

A local maritime museum. More than 5000 objects are exhibited, including ship models, navigational instruments and seamen's handywork.


Blekinge Sjöfartsmuseum

Drottninggatan 5,
SE-374 35 Karlshamn.

A local maritime museum.


Blekinge Museum

Fisketorget 2,
SE-371 00 Karlskrona.

Telephone: +46 (0)455 80120

A local museum with a collection of local boats.


SE-371 32 Karlskrona.

Telephone: +46 (0)455 539 00
Telefax: +46 (0)455 539 49
WWW: [In Swedish]

Opening hours: June 30 - September 14, Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday 10:00-19:00, Thursday 10:00-21:00; From September 15, Tuseday-Wednesday and Friday-Sunday 13:00-19:00, Thursday 13:00-21:00; Closed on Mondays.

A naval museum located at a naval base and was moved to a new building in 1997. Attached to the museum are the following ships:

Two reconstructed vessels have been built at the museum. Aluette is based on one of the 13th century boats found at Kalmar and the 17th century mail packet Hiorten, which will be launched on June 17, 1998, is based on the original plans.

The museum also has a large collection of figure-heads which have belonged to ships of the Swedish Navy. Those made by Johan Törnström for the 1782 shipbuilding program being the most famous. Another collection of figure-heads are kept on the adjacent naval base, to which access only is through guided tours.

There are more than 20.000 books in the library, which is available after appointment.

A new museum is currently being built on the island Stumholmen partly utilising 18th century buildings. The new museum is expected to open in the spring of 1997 after having been closed from September 1996.

The Föreningen Marinmuseum Vänner (the Friends of the Museum) publishes the year-book Aktuellt från Föreningen Marinmuseum Vänner i Karlskrona.


Hantverks- och Sjöfartsmuseum

SE-585 90 Linköping.
A local crafts and maritime museum.


Malmö Sjöfartsmuseum

Box 406,
SE-211 24 Malmö

Telephone: +46 (0)40 73330
Telefax: +46 (0)40 128750

Museum ships:


Kanal och Sjöfartsmuseet


Telephone: +46 (0)141 53510

Opening hours: May-August.

A canal and lock museum covering the history of the Göta Kanal and the Lake Vättern.



Hantverkaregatan 23,
SE-761 00 Norrtälje.

Telephone: +46 (0)176 11630.

A local museum with a large section on ships and shipping.



Hantverksgatan 18,
SE-572 28 Oskarshamn.

Telephone: +46 (0)491 88040/88045
Telefax: +46 (0)491 83245

Opening hours: September 2 - May 14: Tuesday - Thursday 11:00-17:00; Friday & Sunday 12:00-16:00; Saturday 11:00-15:00; Closed Mondays. May 15 - August 31: Monday-Saturday 09:00-18:00; Sundays & Holidays 11:00-16:00.


Råå museum för Fiske och Sjöfart

Råå Wärdshus,
SE-255 90 Helsingborg.

Telephone: +46 (0)42 261131; 260468; 260603

A local fishery and maritime museum.


Österlens Museum

Storgatan 24,
SE-272 00 Simrishamn.

A local museum with a section on fishery and shipping.


Stackgrunnans Båtmuseum

A local boat museum.



A local maritime museum.


Sjöfartsminnesförenings Museum

A local maritime museum.


af Chapman


af Chapman, a fullrigged ship built in Whitehaven as the Dunboyne in 1888 and is now used as a youth hostel. Previously used as a sail training ship for the Royal Swedish Navy. Located at Skeppsholmen, opposite of the Royal Castle.


West side of Riddarholmen

Mälardrottningen, Barbara Hutton's former luxury yacht now serving as a hotel.

Båtsamlingarna på Fjäderholmarna


A collection of old East coast boats maintained by Föreningen Allmoge Båtar.

Sjöhistoriska Museet

Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 24,
Box 27131,
SE-102 52 Stockholm.

Telephone: +46 (0)8 519 549 00
Telefax: +46 (0)8 ... ... ..

Take Bus 69 from the Central Station to get to the museum.

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10.00-17.00; The Library and Archives are open Tuesday and Wednesday 12:00-16:00. Check the museum web pages for other opening information.

The National Maritime Museum of Sweden.

A good selection of models of commercial and military subjects from all times.
The largest nautical library in the Nordic countries with c60.000 volumes, including a large collection of litterature on pleasure boating.
Photographic archive
Consists of more than 100.000 photographs of e.g. sailing, and steam ships, freight och naval ships as well as pleasure craft.
250 shelf-meters of documents and 50.000 plans are illustrating the development of the Swedish shipping, the Navy, shipbuilding and pleasure boating.
Svenskt Marinarkeologiskt register:
Consists of information on c 2000 wrecks and of 10.000 reports of wreckings on the Swedish coast.
The Föreningen Sveriges Sjöfartsmuseum i Stockholm (the Friends of the Museum) publishes the bi-annual yearbook Sjöhistorisk Årsbok.


Box 27131,
SE-102 52 Stockholm.

Telephone: +46 (0)8 519 548 00
Telefax: +46 (0)8 ... ... ..

Opening hours: June 10 - August 20: 09:30 - 19:00; August 21 - June 9: 10.00 - 17:00; Wednesdays 10:00 - 20:00.

Museum ships:

There is a gift shop and a restaurant in conjunction with the museum.


Säffle Marinmotor Museum


Telephone: +46 (0)533 12780 or +46 (0)10 281 3288

Opening hours: By appointment.

An exhibition of some 200 marine engines.


Torekovs sjöfarts- och hembygdsmuseum

SE-260 93 Torekov.

A local maritime museum.



SE-??? ?? Trollhättan.

Telephone: +46 (0)520 88632
Telefax: +46 (0)520 28559

Opening hours: Autumn - Spring: Saturday-Sunday & Holidays 12:00-17:00. Summer: Every day 11:00-19:00.

A canal and locks museum covering the history of the Göta Kanal and the locks of Trollhättan.


Båtsamlingarna på Bassholmen

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Sveriges sjömanshusmuseum

Stora Hellevigsgatan 4,
SE-451 40 Uddevalla.

Telephone: +46 (0)522 13 460

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 11:00-16:00; Saturday-Sunday 11:00-13:00.

Among the many exibited objects is the captain's cabin from Gustaf B. Thordén's first steamer Savonia which was broken up in 1956.




Box 56,
SE-760 40 Väddö

Telephone: +46 (0)176 50259

Opening hours: June — August, Tursday-Sunday 13:00-16:00.

A local maritime museum.

The Roslagens Sjöfartsminnesförening (the Friends of the Museum) publishes the yearbook Rospiggen.

Updated 2005-04-13 by Lars Bruzelius.

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