The Naval Museum at Stumholmen is one of Karlskrona's largest and most attractive destinations. In the Submarine Hall, there are 810 tons of submarine: HMS Neptun. A piece of high technology from the cold war that is actually so modern that she could have been in operation.
Exactly what HMS Neptun and her 20 crew members did during their mission is still secret.
The marine museum dates back to 1752 when the model chamber in Karlskrona was founded. There, various models were tested for ship designs. These detailed models today form the foundation of the museum, together with the great figureheads in the unique Galjonshallen.
Galjonshallen and the Neptune Hall at the Naval Museum in Karlskrona.
In the museum's submarine hall you can participate in something that only a few people have had to do, see HMS Neptune from the inside. You get to experience the cramped spaces and feel how the pulse increases as the submarine hit the enemy. When you get up again, you can take the opportunity to test a ship simulator and feel how it is to run different types of ships in both light and difficult situations.
Many interactive exhibitions and test-on experiences at the Naval Museum in Karlskrona.
HMS Neptun is the main attraction, but in the hall, there is also the old submarine Hajen here. With the shark, the story of 110 years of Swedish submarine history, the red thread of the exhibition begins, but it is more than an ordinary show. You can try dramatized views that explain life on board - from everyday routines to sharp combat. Take note of personal stories and exciting events from the marine vessel's 110-year history.
Sweden's first submarine
HMS Hajen is actually Sweden's first submarine. It had 3 torpedoes on board and a maximum diving depth of just over 30 meters. The powered electric motor was charged by batteries from a kerosene engine. The shark was easy to control in underwater mode but considerably more difficult on the surface. After a few years, the rollers forced a rebuilding that made it easier to manage in surface position.
A Soviet submarine due
The morning of October 28, 1981, a bleaching fisherman rubs his eyes in disbelief. On a plot in the Karlskrona archipelago, a submarine stands halfway up. The night before, it has noise. People on the islands, of course, believe that it is the Navy that exercises. But it is the Soviet submarine U 137 that drives the engines at high speed to get us. To top it all, the sub is loaded with nuclear weapons charges. During the following days, a diplomatic war of war is taking place between Sweden and the Soviet Union. On November 7, U 137 is released and escorted out in international waters.
3 tips to do
1. Calm a gun lap
What is it for something you probably wonder. Yes, it was a small warship that the crew rowed to get near the coast. Test, it is in the exhibition Herravälde. Are you sure? Can you manage to lower a ship with two cannon shots? Check, the cannon is also in the show Herravälde. You can also look into the new stand to see what happened to injured crew members and what care they received. You can find out how a steam engine works by pressing a button.
2. Climb the rig
Dunders deck is the Naval Museum's activity deck. There you can dress up for the sailor, climb the rig, test if you have balance when it rocks on the lake, steering a motorboat, talking in the com radio or challenging the family on knot exercises. Next, to Dunders Däck, the Naval Museum is a popular seafaring workshop where children in adults' groups can engage in marine tricks and knots.
2. Risk of seasickness
For the slightly older children, Sweden's first public ship simulator is available. There you can test how it feels to run different kinds of vessels in a variety of situations, it feels like real. Risk of seasickness exists!
Exciting exhibits about life on board a boat.
Eat & drink
When you are hungry, you can settle down in the restaurant Skeppsgossen, which is in the most beautiful room overlooking the museum vessels. Lunch & salad buffet with drinks and coffee is served. After the meal, you can buy home-made ice cream as award-winning on its excellent taste.
Good food, drinks and ice cream in open bright and welcoming rooms.