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Vaxholm Fortress Museum

The history of Vaxholm Fortress begins early in the 16th century, with the construction of a blockhouse on Vaxholm by Svante Nilsson Sture, the Regent. The king Gustav Vasa instructed the governor of Stockholm to replace the blockhouse with a stone tower, and to fill the narrow passage of Oxdjupet with rocks. This work was completed in 1839.


A Danish attack was repelled in 1612, and in 1719 the Russians were prevented from reaching Stockholm. In the 1870s, the defensive emphasis shifted from Vaxholm Fortress to the strait Oxdjupet. In 1876, Oxtjupet was opened to traffic and a new fort, Oscar-Fredriksborg, was built. Since the turn of the century, the forces defending the archipelago have moved their positions outwards, ultimately reaching the outermost perimeter of the Stockholm archipelago.


Vaxholm Fortress Museum


The museum opened in 1947 at Oscar-Fredriksborg fort and moved to Vaxholm Citadel in 1964. In 2003, it was restored. The museum's indoor department occupies thirty beautiful rooms and halls on both floors of the west section. Visitors can see the fortress as it was in 1854 and enter one of the Citadel's bombproof vaults to see how things were during the Crimean War. In other settings, you can visit the Commandant, follow the issuing of orders in a mine battery, or visit a World War II coastal defence artillery post.


Below, you can watch a movie about the Vaxholm Fortress Museum. It contains information about how to get to the location, facilities on the island during high season, and images from the museum.



Opening hours 2023


May 13–14

May 18–21  
May 27–28
open 11.00–17.00

June 3–6  
June 10–11
June 17–18
June 26–30
open open 11.00–17.00

July 1–31
open 11.00–17.00

August 1–13

August 19–20

August 26–27

open 11.00–17.00


Brief guided tour in english starts from the museum at 15:45 (July 1–13 august).

Information and booking
Phone: +46-8-1200 4870 (Information
and booking)

Phone: +46-8-541 311 10 (information)

Entrance charge
Adults: 100 SEK
Seniors: 80 SEK
Children up to 19 years free.
Stockholm Pass free.

Guide booklets of the museum are available in the museum's reception in English and German.  A film about the history of the fortress is displayed in the museum with subtitles in English.

Take bus 670 from Tekniska Högskolan to Vaxholm, or go by boat (Waxholmsbolaget) from Stockholm to Vaxholm.
Cable Ferry service between Vaxholm and Citadel, 13/5-28/8.

From May 13 to 28 August  there is a cableferry service between the city of Vaxholm and Vaxholm fortress from quay 9 (near Vaxholms Hotel) See TIMETABLE. If you have further questions regarding the overpass to the citadel, please call: +468 1200 4870
Also on the island Conference center and accomodation.












Info 08-541 311 10  Booking 08-1200 4870 © Vaxholms Fästnings Museum     Kastellet     185 99 Vaxholm        info@vaxholmsfastning.se

open 11.30–15.30