More Vasa tips!
The stern of the ship is richly decorated. Look carefully for the two cherubs. They’re holding onto the coat of arms of the Vasa family. That’s kind of like the ship’s nameplate. Vase is an old word meaning “bundle of sticks”, and you’ll see a sheaf of corn on the coat of arms. Can you see the cherubs and the sheaf of corn?
Look at how the coat of arms and other sculptures were painted. You’ll see a number of painted copies on the entrance level, on the wall beside the stern of the Vasa.
At the bottom of the museum, on floor 2, you’ll see an exhibition called Ansikte mot ansikte (Face-to-face). It’s all about the people who died aboard
Vasa. Skeletons can tell us a lot about people – how old they were, what they looked like and what they were wearing, for example.
Hunt for the gold ring!
A single gold item was found on the Vasa – a gold ring. If you want to find it, you’ll have to go on to the exhibition called Livet ombord (Life on board the ship) – you’ll see it straight after the crosssectional model on floor 5.
You can see two real cannons in the exhibition called STRID! (BATTLE!) on floor 5. You can touch them if you like. Vasa was carrying 64 cannons.
When you reach the very top of the museum, on floor 7, you’ll have a beautiful view over the ship – a seagull’s eye view!
Would you like to find out more?
Ask at the information desk, or visit vasamuseet.se