Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Stockholm Royal Palace - The Tre Kronor Museum

Date of visit: 17th October 2015

The Tre Kronor Museum, which is part of the Royal Palace of Stockholm, has an entrance of its own. We approached this museum first after arriving at the Royal Palace, that we found while looking for palace entrance. It is here that we paid entrances for 3 places, charged at Swedish Kronor 150 per person. The museum is located in the basement of the palace and is largely an archaeological dig. There you’ll find ruins from the old palace, named Tre Kronor, which was on the site before it burned down in 1697. That is to say, you will only find this ruins there if you happen to be in Stockholm and visited the museum.

The museum display among others, a medieval costumes, stones and stone carvings from what was left from the old castle, a few books and furniture that were saved from fire, a small collection of knick-knacks, and a small model of the old palace. There are a short video presentation, in both languages, Swedish and English, about the historical facts of the palace and series of fire that took place there. Three photos below are some of the things that you may look into very close, just to understand what the museum is trying to share with its visitors.

Small model of how the Kronor Palace was before the ruin 

The Tre Kronor museum is laid out well and lit effectively. It was considerably more fascinating than what I originally expecting though the lights are too dimly. The Tre Kronor Museum is a museum dedicated to the original Tre Kronor Palace in Stockholm, which was destroyed in a violent fire in 1697, before series of fires happened around the palace.

As early as the end of 9th century, the Vikings built a wooden blockade on the spot where the palace is located today and by the 11th century, a defence fort had been constructed. Featuring objects that were rescued from the fire and newly created models, the museum depicts the Tre Kronor Palace's development from defence fort to the Renaissance palace of today.

The museum is located on the ground floor of the palace's northern wing, which is also the section which survived the fire the best as it is facing the northern waterfront. To access the museum you have to pass through the five metre thick defence wall which was built from the 12th century.

For your information, the museum is open year round. For those who wish to know the story of what caused the fire and the punishment to the culprit, may read further in Wikipedia link "Tre Kronor Castle".

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