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When did they stop allowing people on the ship?

When did they stop allowing people on the ship? I went onboard in '96. We were only allowed on the gun deck, however...

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  • Thanks for your question which gives us the opportunity to clear this out: people other than museum and preservation professionals have never been allowed on the ship. For the protection and long-term preservation of the ship, this has been the general policy from the very beginning, and still is today, with the occasional exception of heads of state, the millionth visitor of the year or alike. 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, since if anything we will go towards an even more restrictive policy in the future.
    Didier Linder

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