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Vaxholm Fortress Museum

The history of the 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, Oxdjupet 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 islands.


Vaxholm Fortress Museum

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

Here you can watch a movie about Vaxholm Fortress Museum. How to get to the location, facilities on the island during high season (July 1 to august 18), and a lot of information as well as images from the museum.



Opening hours 2022

May 28 May 29

June 4 - June 6  
June 11 - June 12
June 18 - June 19
June 26 - Juli 1
open 12.00–16.00
Juli 2 - August 14
open 11.00–17.00
August 15 - August 28
open 12.00–16.00

Sept 3 - Sept  4
Sept 10 - Sept 12
open 12.00–16.00.

No guided tours inside the museum, but a brief guided outdoor tour in english starts from the museum at 15:45 (July 2–14 august).


You who are healthy are welcome to visit the museum. Please take extra care regarding hand hygiene and keep a safe distance to other visitors.

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, 28/5-11/9.

From May 28 to 11 September 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