The maritime museum portrays the role of merchant shipping, naval defence and shipbuilding in the history of Sweden. Its collections includes 1,500 models of ships of all kinds of all periods from the 16th century to modern times, and amongst its displays are several highly-detailed ships’ interiors of the 18th century.
The museum building, opened in 1938, stands close to the centre of the city overlooking the Djurgardsbrunnsviken bay. It was one of the last commissions of Ragnar Ostberg (1866-1945), architect of Stockholm’s celebrated city hall, and erected between 1933 and 1936, on the site of the Stokholmsutstallningen (Stockholm exhibition) of 1930.
The museum has an annexe, Bathall 2 (boat hall 2) by the Wasahamnen, which is open in summer and contains a large collection of small boats, and it is also responsible for the management of the Naval Museum and the Vasa Museum.