Vadstena Castle

Vadstena Castle. Photo: Stefanie Svensson

Vadstena Castle was built 1545-55 originally as a fortress by King Gustav Vasa to protect the country from possible Danish and Smålandish attacks. Soon after, reconstruction into a habitable castle began, when prince Magnus became Duke of Östergötland. By 1620, Vadstena castle was completed and is today regarded as one of Sweden’s best-preserved Renaissance castles.

Visitors can enjoy the castle alone or take one of the exciting guided tours.


Opening times 2017
Castle's Day 6 May: 12-00-16.00! Free admission and activities!
7 May - 2 June Wednesday-Sunday 12.00-16.00.
3 June - 7 July: daily 10.00-17.00
8 July - 20 August: daily 09.30-18.00. Attention! 30 Juli open 9.30-15.00
21 August - 10 September: daily 12.00-16.00
11 September - 1 October: Wednesday-Sunday 12.00-16.00

Admission:
Adults 90 kr
Pensioners & Students (ID required): 80 kr
Children (8 - 17) 70 kr
Children under 8 free

Other prices apply for entry with guided tours.

Contact
 0143-62 16 00

www.vadstenaslott.com


Regional Archives in Vadstena

Regional State Archives in Vadstena. Photo: Bernd Beckmann

At the Archives, you can explore a vast collection of written material and get help with information. You can also experience special exhibitions, listen to lectures or go on a guided tour. The regional archives have been in Vadstena since 1899. They contain detailed information about births, marriages, deaths, title deeds, crime registers and maps. Our largest archive is of Göta court proceedings, which occupies 5,5 km of shelving. Many private archives have also ended up in the Archive, for example from castles, farms, businesses and associations. The regional archive is located in Vadstena castle. All the regional archives, with minor exceptions, are available for research. Exceptions include sensitive information, and the secrecy act. In addition, there are some individual archives, where the depositor has special conditions for archival access.


Opening times 2017
September-May: Mon, Wed-Fri 10-16, Tues 10-20
June-August: Mon-Fri 10-16

Exceptional opening hours 2016/17: The research room is closed on public holidays and 24/25 January. In weeks 1 and 52, we do not open in the evening.

Current exhibition:
ARKIVGULD
Weekdays 10.00-16.00

riksarkivet/se/vadstena


Vadstena Town Museum

Vadstena Town Museum
Vadstena Town Museum: Case at court

The Vadstena Town Museum exhibits Vadstena life from the 1400’s, with a focus on town residents’ history and everyday life. Since 1949, the Vadstena Town Museum has been located in a medieval building next to the old town hall. It is run by volunteers (Vadstena Town Museum Association).

Vadstena Town Museum: Guided Tour. Photo: Bernd Beckmann

Opening times 2017
26th June to 20th August open daily 13-16. Exceptions apply. Free entry.

Extra opening times and group tours can be arranged on agreement.
Contact  or ring  010-476 87 31.

Vadstena Town Museum - lower floor. Photo: Bernd Beckmann
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Sancta Birgitta Kloster Museum

Transportcoffin of Saint Birgitta. Photo: Anders Malm, www.sldfoto.se

Photo: Anders Malm, www.sldfoto.se

This modern and exciting museum has been located in House of Folkungar's (House of Bjelbo's) Palace since 2003, located next to the Monastery (Kloster) Church. The palace was built in 1260 and later became a nunnery. The museum tells the story of life in the palace, monastery and monasticism during the medieval times, as well as Saint Birgitta’s life and work.


Opening times 2017
until 28 April: Saturday 15.30-17.30,
Tour in Convent area 15.45 Uhr.
29 April-31 May: Wednesday-Sunday 12.00-16.00, tours Sat & Sun 13.00.
1-22 June: daily 12.00-16.00, Tours 13.00. Midsummer eve closed.
24 June-13 August: daily 10.00-17.30, tours 13.00 and 16.00. Selected days additional tours or activities 11.00
14-31 August: daily, 12.00-16.00, tours 13.00.
1 September-1 October: Wednesday-Sunday, 12.00-16.00, tours Sat & Sun 13.00
October-16 December: Saturday 15.30-17.30,
Tour in Convent area 15.45 Uhr.

The museum is open for booking throughout the year.

Admission
Adults: 80:-
Children (8-17): 40:-
Children under 8: free

The museum accepts most credit and debit cards.

Contact
 +46-143-100 31

www.klostermuseum.se



Toy Museum

Toy Museum. Photo: Slottsgården

Take a nostalgic trip through the Toy Museum. The museum displays dolls and prams that Grandma played with and Grandpa’s toy cars are even parked somewhere! You might even find your old favourite toy – we have toys represented for every decade since 1900.


Opening times
Open daily on weekdays from 8.00 and weekends from 9.00.
January-April: open to 15.00
May: open to 16.00
June: open to 18.00
July: open to 20.00
August: open to 18.00
September: open to 16.00
October-December: open to 15.00
(Christmas to new year - closed)

Toy Museum. Photo: Slottsgården

Admission
Admission to Toy Museum, Camera Museum and Photo Exhibitions

Note! Admission extends for 1 year, to give access the different photo exhibitions throughout the year!

Adults: 60 kr
Children (5-15 years): 45 kr
Families (2 adults and 2 children): 180 kr
Groups (minimum 15 people): Adults 45 kr, Children (5-15 years) 30 kr

www.slottsgarden.se


Camera Museum

Camera Museum. Photo: Slottsgården

The Camera Museum is run by the Press Photographers Club (PFK) and the Slottsgården. There are about 500 cameras on display, from glassplate-based models through to the digital era. Including Jönköpings-Postens first ‘reporting camera’ (bought in 1925). The museum also displays photo exhibitions, including the annual winner of Sweden’s oldest and most prestigious competition: Årets Bild (Photo of the Year).


Opening times
Open daily on weekdays from 8.00 and weekends from 9.00.
January-April: open to 15.00
May: open to 16.00
June: open to 18.00
July: open to 20.00
August: open to 18.00
September: open to 16.00
October-December: open to 15.00
(Christmas to new year - closed)

Toy Museum. Photo: Slottsgården

Admission
Admission to Toy Museum, Camera Museum and Photo Exhibitions

Note! Admission extends for 1 year, to give access the different photo exhibitions throughout the year!

Adults: 60 kr
Children (5-15 years): 45 kr
Families (2 adults and 2 children): 180 kr
Groups (minimum 15 people): Adults 45 kr, Children (5-15 years) 30 kr

www.slottsgarden.se


Wadstena-Fogelsta Railway

O+K steam engine with train on 140-years jubilee in Vadstena station. Photo: Bernd Beckmann

The Wadstena-Fogelsta Railway (WFJ) opened in October 1874. WFJ was one of the two first narrow-gauge lines in Östergötland. The 9.6 km long track was funded by Vadstena town and was built to provide access to the standard-gauge lines and privately owned Hallsberg-Motala-Mjölby railway, which was inaugurated one year previously in 1873. Today, visitors can ride a steam train from Vadstena station during weekends in the summer months, lasting 20-25 minutes. Hot beverages are served on board.

Vadstena station. Foto: Bernd Beckmann

Timetable 2017
Ordinary service to Quisberg, Road 206.

Saturday/sunday in Juli, Sunday in June and August
departure 13, 14, 15, 16 from Vadstena station.

Railcar services and Cafe carriage on the harbour tracks on Nostalgia evenings with departure from Vadstena station every 30 minutes 17.30-20.30.

Vadstena station. Photo: Bernd Beckmann
www.wfj.se - Calender -

Hospital Museum and Mårten Skinnare's House

Stora Dårhuset/Hospitalsmuseet

The hospital museum is in the so called "Stora Dårhuset" ("Madhouse") from 1757, in the centre of Vadstenas old hospital complex. The museum and outlines the development of mental healthcare techniques throughout the centuries - from Mårten Skinnare’s Hospital to the modern Birgitta Hospital.

Mårten Skinnares house. Photo: Bernd Beckmann

Mårten Skinnare’s house belongs to the Old Hospital and is a medieval house with many interesting details.

Opening times and tours 2017
24-25 June, 1-2 July:
Sat & Sun 12.00-17.00
Tours: 14.00 & 15.30
8 July-20 August:
daily 12.00-17.00
Tours: 14.00 & 15.30
26-27 August, 2-3 September:
Sat & Sun 12.00 - 17.00
Tours: 14.00 & 15.30

Admission:
Guided tour included in admission
Adults 80 kr
Children (8-17 years) 50 kr
Children under 8 free

Visitors information Hospital Museum and Mårten Skinnare's House (in swedish)

Contact

 0143-62 16 00.


Gottfrid Larsson Gården / Sculpture Museum

Vadstena Lace Museum. Photo: Vadstena Lace Museum

The Sculpture Museum shows Östergötland-born Gottfrid Larsson’s (1875-1947) art. After studying in Stockholm, he was based in Paris for ten years at the beginning of the 1900's. On his return to Sweden he ran an art school in Stockholm between 1920-1932, together with Edward Berggren. The museum opened in Vadstena after his death and shows drawings, sketches and original artwork – all of which were in his studio at the time of his death. This includes emblematic works "The darkness flees the light" from the turn of the century extending to his later years of realistic portraits of both Östergötland residents and others. His official artwork can be found in Vadstena, Linköping, Norrköping, Stockholm and Uppsala. Gottfrid Larsson was a central figure in Östergötlands artlife until his death and is Vadstena’s most internationally known sculptor. In 1921 he was one of the founders of Östergötlands Art Association.


Gottfrid-Larsson-Gården. Photo: Bernd Beckmann

Opening times 2017
The same as the Lace Museum’s opening times
29 June - 13 August daily 13-17
as well as weekends 19/20 and 26/27 August, 2/3 and 9/10 September.

Admission
Free


Viewings
Enquiries regarding viewing can be sent to Göran Söderström, Vadstena, or Stefan Hammenbeck, Linköping.


Gottfrid-Larsson-Gården. Photo: Bernd Beckmann
Gottfrid-Larsson-Gården. Photo: Bernd Beckmann

Vadstena Lace Museum

Vadstena Lace Museum. Photo: Vadstena Lace Museum

In Vadstena and the surrounding area there is a tradition of making lace that goes back at least the 1600's.

The Lace Museum presents both lace-works and the people behind the handicraft like pricking-makers, lacemakers, dealers, travelling salesmen and toolmakers.

Further examples of lace are on display in a museum section for innovatory laces.


Opening times 2017
Summer opening 28th June 19.00.
Then open every day during the summer 13.00 - 17.00 to 13 August
as well as weekends 19/20 and 26/27 August, and 2/3 September.

Admission
20:- kr

Annual exhibition
Fine-woven cloth - for artistic recycling
Hanna Larsson, lacemaker
Irene Nordh, artist

Garden art
Woven works with a flower theme are shown in the garden.

Events
Friday 30 June
Weaving Day (Stora Knyppeldagen)
Open 10-17.

8-10 September Art tour in Vadstena / Heritage days
Museum open: Friday 8 September 17-20
Saturday 9 September11-17
Sunday 10 September 11-17

www.spetsmuseet.se

The Lace Museum (Spetsmuseet) is located in Gottfrid-Larsson-Gården.


Shoe Maker's cottages

The Shoe Maker's Cottages. Photo: Bernd Beckmann

Both the cottages were originally located on Backegatan’s south side and in the 1820's there was a simple pub operating in one of the cottages. In 1910 the shoe-maker Karl Pontus Petterson became owner to both cottages. In 1957 both the cottages moved to their current location.

The Shoe MakerÄs Cottages. Photo: Bernd Beckmann
The Shoe Maker's Cottages. Photo: Bernd Beckmann

Opening times 2017
The Shoe-Maker's Cottages opens on agreement with Vadstena Lace Museum.

Admission
Free



Vadstena Motorcycle & Tractor Museum

Vadstena Motorcycle & Tractor Museum. Photo: Bernd Beckmann

On the 1200 m² site around 90 tractors, 80 motorbikes and mopeds and a number of engines are on display.

The tractors are from the 1920's through to the 1960's. They were manufactured in Sweden, USA, Germany, France, Czechoslovakia and England and were used in Swedish agriculture.

Smaller stationary engines have been used in milk machines, wood cutting, mills and the larger ignition engines used in sawmills and seed mills.

The motorbikes and mopeds are from Sweden, Denmark, England, USA, Germany and Czechoslovakia. On display are road bikes, military bikes and racing bikes. The oldest motorbikes were manufactured in the 1920s. There are also mopeds from different eras.


Opening times
May-August: Sat & Sun 13-18
July: daily 13-18
Additional opening times on agreement.

Admission: 30 kr

Veteran Days
Sat & Sun weeks 28 & 29. 10-18
During Veteran’s days we display veteran tractors, ploughs, harvesters and a stone crusher in service. Hot beverages served and a large market!

www.vadstena-mc-traktormuseum.se


Skräddaregården / Hembygdsgården in Hov

Skräddaregården (2010) in Hov. Photo: Patricia Renström

The village of Hov was originally one of Östergötland’s largest villages with 15 to 20 farms. Skräddaregården (Skräddare's farm ) remains in the old village after the land reform of 1827. The site was built with a residential building and consists of a s.c. "parstuga" cottage from the 1700's, a brewery and a barn. Even though the farm was lived in to 1947, it has never been modernised. It is therefore of high cultural importance and was declared a monument in 2009.

Skräddaregården (ca. 1910) in Hov. Photo: unknown photographer

Opening times
See "aktiviteter" on the website.

www.hembygd.se/hov

Hov village 1718

Stone Museum

Stone Museum

In the tithe barn next to Örberga church there is a small stone museum with a copy of an early Christian grave monument (Eskilstunakista).


Opening times
daily 9-18.

Admission
Free



Jakob Berzelius

Jacob Berzelius, 1779-1848, was on the world’s most famous scientists. He developed chemical symbols and nomenclature systems, and discovered elements cerium, selenium, silicon, zirconium and thorium. He was born in Väversunda in Östergötland, and at his birthplace there is a memorial, erected at the centenary of his birth. On the Väversunda Church’s porch there is also a small exhibition about his life, open daily 9-18.

Skateboard Museum

Skateboards Museum. Photo: Bernd Beckmann

One of Vadstena’s most unusual museums can be found in Borghamn - Lasse Söderberg’s Skateboard Museum.

The museum is connected to Media (second hand) market (medialoppis) in Borghamn and offers a mix of boards, wheels, shoes, helmets, knee pads, games and posters.


Opening times
Mon-Fri 15-18
Sat-Sun 12-18
Check the website or call 070-777 4154.

Admission
Free

www.medialoppis.se



Hovanäset, Local History Museum in Östgöta-Dal

Östgöta Dals hembygdsmuseum. Photo: Bernd Beckmann

The museum can be found at Hovanäset next to Vättern beach just north of Borghamn. The museum is under construction and contains, amongst other things:
- The stone industry in Borghamn
- A shoe maker's workshop
- Old appliances
- Apartments from the 1920's and 1950's
- (Steel wire) craft items.


Opening times 2016
Only on activities arranged by museum society.
19 august Hembygdsdag/Borghamnsday
2-3 september Östgötadagarna 13-16

Admission
Free

www.hembygd.se/ostgota-dal


The Fishing Museum in Borghamn

The Fishing Museum in Borghamn. Photo: Bernd Beckmann

The museum is located in one of Borghamn’s smallest buildings. It exhibits tools and fishing methods from Borghamn’s history.

The Fishing Museum in Borghamn, fishing tools. Photo: Bernd Beckmann

Opening times
15. May to 31. August
daily 11.00-18.00.
Exceptions apply.

The museum is run by Borghamns Fiskarförening (fisher's association).

Borghamns Fiskemuseum


Map of Vadstena’s museums


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