Vasa Mu­seum, Swe­den

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Since the Vasa Mu­seum opened in Stock­holm in 1961, more than 35 mil­lion peo­ple have vis­ited what is the most vis­ited mu­seum in Scan­di­navia. They come from all over the world to pay homage to the Vasa ship, which cap­sized and sank in Stock­holm shortly af­ter her launch in 1628. She lay on the sea bed for 333 years, and af­ter be­ing found in 1956, was sal­vaged and re­stored. Vasa is an in­cred­i­ble work of art and was de­signed to make the rest of Europe ad­mire and fear King Gus­tav II Adolf. There were ap­prox­i­mately 700 sculp­tures and dec­o­ra­tions on the ship, be­hind the three-me­tre-long Folkunga Lion fig­ure­head hold­ing the Vasa coat of arms in its paws. The lion has been a sym­bol of the Swedish monar­chy since the Mid­dle Ages. The stern is very grand in­deed, cov­ered in sculp­tures of Greek and Ro­man gods as well as a coat of arms. The Mu­seum has 13 ex­hi­bi­tions about the Vasa, which is a won­der­ful snap­shot of what life was like in those days.

Right: The Vasa Mu­seum, ©lind­man­pho­tog­ra­ in brief The Amer­i­can Dream pop to the present will open on 9 March at the Bri­tish Mu­seum in Lon­don, run­ning un­til 18 June 2017. The ex­hi­bi­tion will show­case works cov­er­ing the last six decades, from...

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