On the bottom of the Baltic Sea lies much of the world’s greatest cultural heritage. It is high time to bring these wrecks and finds to the surface in a new museum. With Vrak – Museum of Wrecks, we want to let visitors dive deep into the secrets of the Baltic Sea.
Vrak – Museum of Wrecks is a new maritime archaeological museum that will be housed in a boat hall next to the Vasa Museum, at Djurgården in Stockholm, Sweden. The connection to the Baltic Sea will be natural, with the proximity to former navy yards and shipwrecks.
The museum opens in 2020 and is part of the Swedish National Maritime and Transport Museums, a government agency together with the Vasa Museum, the National Maritime Museum, the National Naval Museum and the National Railway Museum.
Great cultural heritage
Thanks to the special history and conditions of the Baltic Sea, the area contains a large variety of unique, well-preserved shipwrecks and other remains from different eras of equal significance as the renowned Vasa ship.
The Baltic Sea is one of the world’s busiest seas, and thanks to a unique combination of brackish water, cold, darkness and low oxygen levels in the Baltic Sea, materials – even wood – can be preserved in almost perfect condition.
In recent years, advances in technology and modern maritime archaeology research have contributed to dramatic developments in our understanding of this cultural heritage.
Exhibition and other channels
Vrak – Museum of Wrecks will offer new historical and contemporary perspectives. With the help of finds and new digital technologies, we can show and tell you about the people who have had the sea as their livelihood, as travel routes, as battlefields – and as graves.
This world, largely unknown to the public, will come to life with the help of innovative methods in- and outside the new archaeological museum arena. Vrak's website is an important part of the museum. Through external monitoring, and in cooperation with other countries around the Baltic Sea, Vrak becomes even more than what can be experienced at the museum – welcome to meet us in different channels!