The main difference of the Museum of the Middle Ages in Stockholm is not its exposure, but its location. When you walk along the North Bridge, look from the Stremparter terrace and see the Medeltidsmuseum sign. The ancient center of Stockholm begins here.
In 1988, the Stockholm Museum of the Middle Ages was recognized as the best in Europe.
What to look for in the museum
The main values of the Museum of the Middle Ages are:
- a cemetery wall dating from the 14th century and built during the reign of King Gustav Vasa;
- an old ship of the 16th century, which was raised from the bottom of the sea;
- part of a secret passage under the strait that leads to the Royal Palace.
The museum received all these valuable exhibits at the same time. From 1978 to 1980. An archaeological expedition worked at the site of the current museum. This was due to the restructuring of the premises of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag). All the valuable things that were discovered during the excavations were gathered together in one of the most informative and unique museums in Sweden.
Museum expositions tell about ancient building technologies. Indoors, records of choral singing in Latin are heard, and a real smell of tar and dried fish, which was inherent in the 16th century, is spreading through the halls. Thanks to the skillful use of slides, you can learn more about the life of the city of that period.
Collection of historical rarities
Leading historians and archaeologists of the country worked hard to create an exposition. As a result, a collection of historical rarities of one of the main states of the Scandinavian Peninsula was formed, which was not only interesting, but also accessible to visitors from other countries of the world.
It is thanks to the efforts of Swedish scientists and researchers in the Museum of the Middle Ages that one can learn about the life of ordinary Swedes who lived in the capital several centuries ago. To be more precise, we are talking about the period from 1250 to 1520.
Among the interesting exhibits of the museum are:
- a home corner equipped with typical furniture and fabrics;
- implements of production;
- various types of ancient crafts;
- a unique room for children with toys, whistles and other items for children's amusements of the time.
In addition, full-length human figures fit perfectly into the museum interior, wearing clothing representing a particular era of the Middle Ages.
When you are planning to visit this museum, be prepared for the fact that you have to spend at least two hours of your precious tourist time.
In 2010, in honor of the 800th anniversary of the founder of Stockholm, King Jarl Birger, the museum held an exhibition dedicated to this great Swede.
There is a special souvenir shop in the museum building. There you can buy unique postcards, magnets, jewelry and brochures on the theme of medieval history of Sweden.