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When did they stop allowing people on board the ship?

For the protection and long-term preservation of the ship, the the general policy from the very beginning since the salvation of Vasa, is that no one is allowed to board the ship, other than museum staffs and preservation professionals. This policy is applied to this day, with the occasional exception of heads of state and their guests, Navy Commander accommpanied by the Swedish Navy Commander, and Nobel Laureate. You must be one of the lucky ones!

However, during the conservation period, when the hull was sprayed with polyethylene glycol, and then gradually dried, the temporary museum building Vasa was being treated in was open to the public. A construction of footbridges made it possible to walk across the hull, just above the upper deck. It did certainly give a feeling of being on board, and we regularly meet people who swear they have been on Vasa, back in the day. In a way we like to let them keep this illusion, seeing as it is very likely we will go towards an even more restrictive policy in the future.

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  • When was the Conservation period of the Vasa that gave you the illusion that you had boarded the Vasa? I visited the museum in 1992, and I feel that I was able to board the ship!
    Maria Griest
  • Dear Maria,

    Thank you for your question!
    In 1992 visitors were not allowed on board the ship. Perhaps you visited the copy of the upper gun deck that is aviable for visitors on the fifth floor in the museum?

    Kind regards,
    Anna Bookings

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