- a real submarine
The Naval Museum in Karlskrona is one of Blekinge's most significant and most attractive sights. Here is a submarine hall underwater and inside is a real submarine weighing 810 tons - HMS Neptun. It is a piece of high technology from the Cold War, but so modern that it could still be in operation. Here you can board the submarine and experience the space inside. Try to know what it might be like to travel underwater and strike at the enemy.
Although HMS Neptun is the main attraction, there is also the old submarine Hajen (the Shark) in the Submarine hall. With the Shark begins the story of over 110 years of Swedish submarine history. You can try out dramatic shows that explain life on board - from everyday routines to sharp combat. Take a look at personal stories and exciting events from the history of the underwater craft.
Did you know that?
HMS Hajen (the Shark) is Sweden's first submarine. It had 3 torpedoes on board and could dive down to 30 meters. The driving electric motor was charged by batteries from a photogenic engine. The shark was easy to control in the underwater position but significantly harder on the surface. After a few years, the rollers forced a rebuild that made it easier to steer in surface position.
In the Shipwreck Tunnel, you can try to go under the surface and discover parts of a shipwreck from the 18th century.
Outside the Naval Museum are several museum vessels moored. A full rig, a minesweeper, a robot boat and a motor torpedo boat. Opposite are the barks that are small ship boats, these are still sailed. The robot boat Västervik is a vessel used at an interrogation by Anatoly Michailovich Gushchin. Commander of the Soviet submarine U137, which was based on Gåsefjärden in the Karlskronas archipelago. It was undoubtedly one of the most devastating news events in the world throughout the 1980s
Here's how it went:
On the morning of October 28, 1981, a local fisherman rubs his eyes in disbelief. On a plot in the Karlskronas archipelago, a submarine stands halfway up. The night before it has been noisy. Of course, people on the islands 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. In the following days, a postwar diplomatic conflict between Sweden and the Soviet Union is ongoing. On November 7, U 137 will be released and escorted out on international waters.
- against dangerous sea creatures
In the Figurehead Hall at the Naval Museum, there is a unique collection of wooden figures representing terrifying animals. These were in the bow of the boats, already on ancient ships, to frighten dangerous sea creatures. The figuresheads would also give happiness on the journey and appease the gods. On the Viking ships, the dragon heads were used to frighten the enemy but also to keep evil spirits away. At the Naval Museum, you can see these figures, which are several meters high and several tons heavy.
- to do for children at the museum
1. Row a cannon boat
What is it you are wondering for sure. Well, it was a small warship that the crew rowed to get near the coast. Try, it is in the exhibition "Herravälde". Are you sure? Do you manage to lower a ship with two cannon shots? Try, the cannon is also in the show "Herravälde". You can also look into the exciting booth to see what happened to injured crewmen and what care they received. How a steam engine works can be found by pressing a button.
2. Climb the rig
"Dunders" deck are the Naval Museum's activity area. There you can dress up for the sailor, climb the rig, test if you have balance when swinging on the lake, steer a motorboat, talk in radio or challenge the family on knot exercises. Adjacent to "Dunders" deck is the Naval Museum's popular Seamen's Workshop where children in the company of adults can devote themselves to marine tricks and knots.
3. Sunday fun
Every Sunday, together with the children, you can discover, listen and learn. It can be model building, watercolour painting, playing marine logos and much more. All activities that take place can be found in - Marinmuseum's calendar. - The Naval Museum's calendar
Find out more - Kids & families
Good to know!
- When you get hungry, there is restaurant Skeppsgossen inside the museum overlooking the museum ships. Here you will also find homemade ice cream with fantastic taste.
- Park at Sparregården, where the Marin Museum has paid parking within walking distance to the museum.
- There are lockers on the entrance floor if you want to discover the exhibits without luggage or bag.
- There is an audio guide to download with effects, stories and drama.
- The museum has free WiFi.
- You can bring your own food and eat in the dining room on floor 2.
- No pets! Only guide dogs are allowed to accompany the museum.