The Maritime Museum
Sjöhistoriska museet
The Maritime Museum
Established28 May 1938
LocationDjurgårdsbrunnsvägen 24 on Gärdet in Stockholm, Sweden
Coordinates59°19′57″N 18°06′57″E / 59.33250°N 18.11583°E / 59.33250; 18.11583
TypeMaritime museum
DirectorHans-Lennart Ohlsson
Public transit accessBus 69 from T-Centralen

The Maritime Museum (Swedish: Sjöhistoriska museet) in Stockholm, Sweden is a museum for naval history, merchant shipping and shipbuilding.[1] Located in the Gärdet section of the inner-city district Östermalm, the museum offers a panoramic view of the bay Djurgårdsbrunnsviken. The building was designed by architect Ragnar Östberg and built in 1933–36.[2]


The museum houses about 900,000 photos, 50,000 objects and 45,000 drawings, all related to the sea, coast, ships and boats, past and present.[3] A major part of the collection, the boats, are currently exhibited in a facility on Rindö, an island outside Vaxholm in the Stockholm archipelago. The boat collection ranges from canoes to Skerry cruisers.[4]

On the bottom floor there are, among other things, exhibits on naval history including several detailed models of 18th century ships. The second floor includes exhibits on Swedish commercial fleets.[1] In the basement is a replica of a cabin in King Gustav III's ship Amphion, along with the original stern from the ship.[5]

Listing of historical ships

Main article: Listing of historical ships in Sweden

The Maritime Museum is responsible for the listing of historical ships in Sweden. Both ships and pleasure boats of historical significance can be listed. While the listing offers no legal protection or obligations, it gives the owner of the craft certain privileges.


The gently curved building, inspired by the neoclassicist design of Olof Tempelman (1746–1816), acts as a background for the surrounding park where open-air concerts are held each year. It was the last major commission of Ragnar Östberg and was built on the location for the Stockholm Exhibition (1930) (Stockholmsutställningen 1930). As the exhibition was an important Functionalism manifestation, the museum also mark the point of view of the architect in the debate the introduction of Functionalist style caused in Sweden.[2] The central cupola is entirely built of brick.[6] The building also houses a model workshop, wood shop, photo studio, archives and a library. In the 1970s, a film and lecture hall was added and in the 1990s a café.[5]

Outside of the museum is a bronze statue called The Sailor (Sjömannen), a memorial to the Swedish sailors who died during World War II. The statue was made by artist Nils Sjögren in 1952, just before he died. The statue was inaugurated in 1953.[7]


The Dagens Nyheter concert in 2014

Starting in 1975, open-air concerts and music festivals are held in the park in front of the museum.[8] The annual concerts arranged by the newspaper Dagens Nyheter with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra are compared with, and inspired by, The Proms in the Royal Albert Hall.[8] Among the other artists who have performed at events held at the museum are Oasis, Lisa Nilsson,[9] Kent,[10] Pearl Jam,[11] Sarah Dawn Finer,[12] Axwell,[13] and Per Gessle.[14]


See also


  1. ^ a b "Sjöhistoriska museet". National Property Board of Sweden. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Stockholm kn, NORRA DJURGÅRDEN 1:1 SJÖHISTORISKA MUSEET". Swedish National Heritage Board. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Sjöhistoriska museet". DigitaltMuseum. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Våra fartyg och båtar". Maritime Museum. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Sjöhistoriska museet". National Property Board of Sweden. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  6. ^ Rasmus Wærn (1999). "Ytterstaden". Guide till Stockholms arkitektur (in Swedish) (2nd ed.). Stockholm: Arkitektur Förlag. p. 211. ISBN 91-86050-41-9.
  7. ^ Cavalli-Björkman, Åsa. "Nils A G Sjögren". Riksarkivet. National Archives of Sweden. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  8. ^ a b Boldemann, Marcus (10 August 2009). "Från idé till klassiker - historien om DN-konserten". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  9. ^ Ivarsson, Torbjörn (14 April 2014). "Lisa Nilsson sjunger på DN-konserten i sommar". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  10. ^ Nunstedt, Anders (20 August 2012). "Kents konsert". Expressen. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Småsegt, Pearl Jam". Aftonbladet. 29 June 2000. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  12. ^ Svensson, Mathilda (10 March 2013). "Sarah Dawn Finer solist på DN:s årliga konsert". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  13. ^ "Axwell spelar i Stockholm". Svenska Dagbladet. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  14. ^ Lundell, Kristin (13 August 2003). "Given framgång för folkets Gessle". Svenska Dagbladet. Retrieved 5 June 2015.