At the National Maritime and Transport Museums, we have a long history of expertise in maritime archaeology through the Maritime Museum and the Vasa Museum. That’s why we are moving full speed ahead with plans for a new museum about the Baltic Sea’s unique cultural heritage. Read on to find out more about our efforts.

What is maritime archaeology?

A scientific discipline that studies man and society using archaeological remains located under the water or in connection with the water.

What are your plans for this museum?

Our goal is to create a maritime archaeological museum that helps to explore, preserve and reveal the maritime heritage hidden beneath the surface of the Baltic Sea.
The museum aims to offer visitors a genuine and human experience that leaves a lasting effect on its visitors and inspires them to learn and participate.

What’s special about the Baltic Sea?

Thanks to the Baltic Sea’s special environment and history, the area contains a large number of unique, well-preserved wrecks and other remains from different eras. What has remained unknown to the public will now be revealed.

Do we need another maritime museum within the group of National Maritime and Transport Museums?

This museum dedicated to the Baltic Sea’s cultural heritage will complement the sister museums, and together with its amazing archaelogical finds and compelling stories will broaden our world view and increase our understanding of our shared marine and transport history.

Using a fresh perspective, the museum will tell us about a forgotten unique cultural heritage. New shipwreck finds attract a lot of attention from both the media and the general public, so a museum with this focus has the potential to appeal to a large audience.

Why is the museum being built on Djurgården in Stockholm?

The most famous ship of all in maritime archaeology, the Vasa, is located at the nearby Vasa Museum.

The new museum is being built in boat hangar 2 at Galärvarvet (the galley wharf), and has close ties to the Vasa Museum as well as the area’s maritime history and land. Djurgården receives 15 million visitors each year from Sweden and abroad, making this a great site for the new museum.

How is the museum connected to the Baltic Sea?

The written history of the Baltic nations does not often discuss the sea as a whole. When it has been discussed, it has been in the context of the sea as a wartime and trading transport route. This shared cultural heritage affects roughly 90 million people in the countries around the Baltic Sea.

By depicting the history of an entire sea, the museum will increase our understanding of what unites and separates people through the ages and into the future.
The museum will be able to narrate the history of these countries in different eras, touching upon conflicts – and cohesion – and illuminating connections to the UN’s global sustainability goals and Agenda 2030.

What can we learn from old wrecks?

The water, seas, lakes and rivers have long been key travel routes. In fact, the Baltic Sea is one of the world’s busiest seas. Ship and ferry wrecks are like time capsules on the bottom of the sea. The wrecks of the Baltic Sea are also among the most well-preserved in the world. They act as a window into history – shedding light on everything from major historical events to the stories of individual people, revealing how boats are built and what objects were in use during different periods of time.

What historical place and time will the museum focus on?

The museum is specially dedicated to the Baltic Sea and the remnants left behind by humans underneath its surface. The history of the exhibition stretches back from the present day to the Stone Age.

How will you display the shipwrecks that lie on the bottom of the Baltic?

Thanks to innovative solutions, visitors will be able to take part in historical and dramatic re-enactments relating to shipwrecks and other finds on the Baltic Sea floor. We use analogue and digital tools to shed light on human narratives. Visitors will get to dive deep into the secrets of the Baltic Sea.