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Condition of Vasa?

Dear Vasa Team,

Could you please tell me the condition of Vasa?

Kind Regards,

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  • Dear John,

    Thank you for your important question. Considering that Vasa is nearly 400 hundred years old and has been resting in polluted water for more than 300 years, she is doing pretty well. But like every other material, Vasa’s wood is slowly deteriorating with time. At the museum we are constantly trying to find solutions for this problem and find a way to keep Vasa as she is today for as long as possible. That is why we make sure to keep a stable temperature and humidity level inside the museum at all times, constantly improve and maintain the way the ship is supported and do research for new effective treatments of the ship’s objects.
    Our aspiration is to preserve Vasa for one thousand years.

    Read more about our preservation work on our web!

    Malin Sahlstedt
  • Always worth the money! From Chicago and always make it a point to see your museum every time I visit and still in awww of it. Took my 14 year old daughter this last trip and she thought it was going to be a boring museum as she walked in but after starting to learn the history and then imaging what it must have been like to be both in the ship and on the shore watching, she didn't want to leave. So interesting! Tho tragic, Sweden is very lucky to have such a great and unique museum. The Wasa and ABBA museums on same island..... can't get more Swedish than that! Thanks again and again smile

    Rick Saban
  • Dear Rick,

    Thank you for the kind words, very happy that you and your daughter enjoyed your visit.

    All Best,

    Jasmine Heydari Guide
  • We just visited the Vasa last Thursday. We were in complete awe of the ship, the scope of the restoration, the whole museum. We were there for hours. It was well worth it.
  • Hello Chuck,

    Many thanks! We're happy you enjoyed your visit.

    Welcome back at any time!

    Kind regards,
    Louise Blad
  • My husband and I visited your museum last week during a cruise of the Baltic from UK. We thought we'd seen the best sights during our stay in St Petersburg but in fact the best was yet to come in Stockholm. We loved the trip from Nynashamn port through the beautiful countryside and the tour of Stockholm but the visit to the Vasa Museet blew us away. It is one of the best museums we have ever visited, anywhere. The sheer size of the Vasa is incredible and the restoration remarkable. The flow of the exhibits is excellent and makes sense of what went where when the ship was afloat, albeit for such a short time before she sank. Sadly, we had far too little time to look at everything but it left us wanting to see more. Therefore, we will return to your lovely city for a longer break and revisit your wonderful museum to see everything we missed this time. Thank you for a brilliant end to a fantastic holiday.
  • Dear Lynney,

    Thank you for you message! We're happy you enjoyed your visit!

    Hope you and your husband will visit us again some day!

    Kind regards
    Cecilia Bergqvist
  • Dear Vasa Staff,

    I've been following up the Vasa's conservation issues for many years and I'm now writing an article on archaeological conservation. I would very much like to include the information that, many years ago, original pigment was found inside the wood, thus being possible to apply colours  to the ship's model. My question is during which process these pigments where discovered for the first time. Was it during conservation procedure? Was it a conservator that noticed it first?
    Thank You for your kind attention,
    Vanessa Dutra
  • Hi Vanessa,
    Paint and gilding were noticed on many of the sculptures when they were first recovered during the salvage work in 1956-1961, and one famous bit of painting, a life-size image of a king,was seen on the foremast by divers before the mast was recovered. Samples were taken as objects were recovered, but these proved difficult to analyze. A separate project in the 1990s, led by Peter Tångeberg (a conservator), collected samples of paint and gilding and subjected them to chemical analysis in order to identify the pigments. We have continued this work in our recent documentation of the interior panelling and furniture from the cabins, and it has been one of staff conservators, Emma Hocker, who has carried out the work of cleaning and sampling surfaces.

    With best regards,
    Fred Hocker Research Director, Ship Unit, Ph.D.
  • Why dont you try to apply founds from the largest companies like; Volvo, Scania; Kärs and Ikea in Sweden, to make a 1:1 scale model, to leigh in the harbour? It could be pretty cool :-)

    Kind regards
  • Hi Bjorn,

    Thank you for your suggestion. To rebuild Vasa again today is an interesting idea. Imagine all the tests to the model’s stability that we could perform, and adjustments we could make to gain an idea of its potential seaworthiness.

    It was actually not uncommon for ships in the 17th Century to be somewhat unstable on their maiden voyage and to return to the dockyard to make adjustments. Unfortunately Vasa as you know was a bit too unstable, and, with its gun-ports open to let the water in, it all ended in a catastrophe that day in August 1628.

    However tempting it seems to make that copy of Vasa, it is not something that the museum will pursue right now. We will however keep your suggestion in mind.

    Best regards,
    Lisa Månsson Director

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