A personal travel guide for adventurous young people by Lisa Love

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The National Maritime Museum

Sjöhistoriska Museet

Address: Djurgårdsbrunnsvägen 24
Phone: 08-519 549 00
Opening hours, admission, etc: www.sjohistoriska.se
Bus: 69

sh-warships.jpgSweden has always been a seafaring nation, and even today nearly all freight to and from Scandinavia travels by sea. If you are interested in boats and ships, the navy, or exploration at sea, Sjöhistoriska is a museum you shouldn’t miss. This museum has an enormous collection of model boats including everything from ancient rowboats to giant modern supertankers. Most of the models are miniatures, but many ship cabins, galleys and staterooms are presented in full scale (or the same size as the real thing). On the upper floor of the museum you can look into the schooner “Hoppets Skans” to see how sailors were quartered and lived at sea at the beginning of the 1900s.

The models are just to look at, but in the basement there’s a room called Saltkråkan where you can both look and touch. The museum has built up a seaside town with boats, shops and sheds. Saltkråkan is a place to play but just down the hall is a creative workshop for kids called “Ruskpricken” that’s open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 to 16:00. There you can build your own cardboard boat, make a pirate sword or learn to tie knots. There are lots of materials at hand, adults to help answer your questions and all you really need to bring is your imagination.

On Saturdays and Sundays Sjöhistoriska shows a film for kids at 12:30 and there is a specially guided tour of the museum for children of all ages at 14:00. During the summer, the museum even organizes a sailing school. For more information about that, call in the spring.

Over the last thirty years, on a Sunday afternoon in August each year, the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra has given a free concert on the grounds in front of Sjöhistoriska that usually attracts tens of thousands of listeners. The field in front of the museum is almost always covered with picnic blankets, and if the weather is good, it makes for a great family outing.

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Revised: Monday, 30 May 2011.

In the children’s room, Saltkråkan, down in the basement of the museum, you are allowed both to look and touch.