Welcome reception

Photo: Karolina Kristensson, The Swedish National Maritime Museumswelcome reception will be held on Monday 9 June at the Vasa museum (www.vasamuseet.se).

The welcome reception takes place between 19.00 and 22.30. Please report your participation on the registration form. No dress code. The cost is included in the conference fee. Spouses are also welcome for a separate fee, 600 excl. VAT (750 SEK incl. VAT).

The following program items are good to be aware of:

A welcome drink will be served before a guided tour in small groups. A buffet dinner is served after the museum tour. The guides will be available for questions and the museum will be open throughout the Welcome reception. A film about the Vasa ship is shown every half an hour.

Free bus transports are available from the venue, Clarion Hotel Sign, to the Vasa museum, departure times 18.40 and 20.00. Return transport from the Vasa museum to the venue, departure times 22.00 and 22.30

Please note that times still are preliminary; the final times will be announced at the conference venue.

The Vasa museum can also easily be reached by tram No 7 from the city, Hamngatan close to Sergels Torg. Get off the tram at Nordiska museet. The museum is located at Galärvarvsvägen 14.

Vasa is a Swedish warship built 1626-1628. The ship foundered and sank after sailing less than a nautical mile (ca 2 km) into its maiden voyage on 10 August 1628. It fell into obscurity after most of its valuable bronze cannons were salvaged in the 17th century. After it was located again in the late 1950s in a busy shipping lane just outside the Stockholm harbor, it was salvaged with a largely intact hull in 1961. It was housed in a temporary museum called Wasavarvet (“The Wasa Shipyard”) until 1987 and then moved to the Vasa Museum in Stockholm. The ship is one of Sweden’s most popular tourist attractions and has been seen by over 29 million visitors since 1961. Vasa has since its recovery become a widely recognized symbol of the Swedish “great power period”.

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