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Summer at Vrak

Summertime is fun time for the whole family at the Museum of Wrecks. Visit us and learn about the shipwrecks on the bottom of the Baltic Sea or what a maritime archaeologist does, or join us at a Pride lecture!

Summer opening hours

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. On Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Link to detailed opening hours.

Restaurant opening hours

Stop for a yummy bite to eat at Mackverket this summer. We offer coffee, food and summer drinks on Djurgården’s cosiest outdoor terrace.

Starting 28 June 2023, Mackverket is open:

Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday-Tuesday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Guided tours every day

Discover the history of the depths of the Baltic Sea together with our guides.  The price for a tour is included in your ticket, and tours meet up at the entrance.

Tours during the summer

In Swedish:

11 a.m.
2 p.m.

Family tours (in Swedish) at 1 p.m. every day in July and on weekends in June and August.

In English:

12 p.m.
3 p.m.
4 p.m.

Walking tour – The history of the wharf

  • Wednesday, 5 July, 6 p.m.

Galärvarvet wharf features many fascinating buildings and stories linked to the navy’s activities here since the 1600s. Join us on a city walk to learn about the area’s development and experience the well-preserved, and perhaps unexpected, traces of history. You’ll get a glance behind the walls and the former guard patrols on Djurgården to an area once closed to public view.

The Galärvarvet city walk starts at 6 p.m. at the museum’s entrance. The walk ends at Vrak, which is open in the evening until 8 p.m. (in Swedish)

Tickets via Nortic

After Wreck: The secrets of Äpplet

  • Wednesday, 12 July, 6 p.m.

Listen to Vrak’s maritime archaeologists talk about their thrilling dives on Äpplet, Vasa’s sister ship, and the secrets this wreck is keeping. During the evening, you can get something to eat and drink at Mackverket, discover the objects in the museum’s exhibitions and take a virtual dive! (In Swedish)

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After Wreck: Under the uniform – the homoerotic sailor

  • Wednesday, 2 August, 6 p.m.

Vrak is celebrating Pride Week with lectures on the concept of the homoerotic sailor. Sailors have been a popular motif in homoerotic art since the early 1900s, and artists like Eugène Jansson and GAN have produced many works focussing on the men of the navy. But what is it about sailors that’s so appealing? And what was it actually like for queer men to live at sea?

The museum is open in the evenings, so you can combine a visit with enjoying a drink and bite to eat in our cosy bar area. (In Swedish)

Tickets to the talk

Archaeology Day at Vrak

  • Sunday, 27 August, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Celebrate Archaeology Day 2023 at Vrak and immerse yourself in the work of a maritime archaeologist. During the day, you can learn more about the different shipwrecks in the Baltic Sea as well as the work of a maritime archaeologist in our exhibition “The Mission”. In this exhibition, you can also take a virtual dive on a wreck located somewhere in the Stockholm archipelago. Children are welcome to join in a crafts session at the entrance.

Schedule for the day:

  • 11 a.m: Tour of the museum in Swedish.
  • 12 p.m: Tour of the museum in English.
  • 1 p.m: Family tour with Vrak’s expert guides.
  • 2 p.m: Tour of the museum in Swedish.
  • 3 p.m:  Vrak’s archaeologist divers will be on hand to tell us about the discovery of Äpplet, Vasa’s sister ship, and the amazing sculptures found down in the depths.

Baltic Sea Festival at Vrak

  • Wednesday, 30 August, 6 p.m.

Listen to Björn Nilsson, an archaeology researcher and one of the Nordic region’s foremost experts on the Stone Age underwater. The bottom of the Baltic Sea contains traces of settlements and forests dating all the way back to the Stone Age. On land, such things would have decayed and disappeared long ago. Remains of fishing nets, nutshells, bones, textiles and canoes testify to a life people once lived.

Dr Nilsson studies humans’ relationship to the sea as part of cultural history, and has been inspired by Harry Martinson’s poetry when describing nature, the past and humankind.

Explore the Escape Training Tank House

  • Saturday 3 June, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday 1 July, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 July, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday 9 July, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday 5 August. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you’re a gadget geek or simply have an interest in diving, stop by this quirky little wooden house to inspect diving gear and gadgets from the past. The Dive Tank House, located between Vrak and the Vasa Museum, is open to the public the first Saturday of each month.

In the 1930s, the navy built the Dive Tank House as a diving laboratory and training ground for submarine crews. Today it houses a cabinet of curiosities full of unusual diving gear. Besides the old diving tank and lab that remain as they were left when the building closed in 1979, you can look at the very first water scooter, heavy diving gear and more.

Free admission.

Visit the museum ships

  • Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Take the chance to visit the Maritime Museum’s museum ships, located on the pier below the Vasa Museum. Board the ship and check out the icebreaker Sankt Erik and the lightship Finngrundet.

Free admission.

Page last updated: 2023-06-26