Having never been to a similar museum before, I can't compare to anything else. It was very interesting, and it was cool to be able to get on the actual boats. The submarine was also very cool to see. We opted not to do the audio tour and there were enough signs in enlglish that we don't feel we missed out on anything. The lunch was great, don't miss that!
The Maritime Museum in Karlskrona is a must for the traveller that likes to visit museums and learn more about the world. This museum is fairly large and is dedicated to the maritime history of Sweden and, of course, Karlskrona. There is also a section of the museum about the cold war era, with connections to naval incidents in Sweden. You need not to have a particular interest in ships or navies in order to find this museum interesting (it makes it more fun though). The museum has friendly and professional staff, a restuarant, offers tours and guided exhibitions as well as has something for kids as well. I would recommend this place to families (something that is definately not the case with all museums). There are special tours for children and there are also a number of interactive parts of the exhibitions that make them more fun.
I visit this place from time to time and the new submarine hall justified a new visit. It is for sure spectacular and it is a great improvement to an already very good museum. But as so often with semi-modern things in museums - it is hard to bring it alive. The displayed things around the sub are mainly photos. Very few things to look at. some interactive screens to interact with but they mainly show texts. The lower deck of the sub is included in the entry fee, however you should go for the guided tour of the upper deck to really see something. Lower deck shows one room and you can take a look into the kitchen and a crew room. That's it (and this is mainly because the rest of the lower deck are machinery. You will see the only space that you can see). Upper deck takes you through the command central, engine room and upper torpedo room. The English guide were not so fluent in technical terminology which made it hard for her to explain things. Each group are about 10 persons large which is acceptable but a bit to much in a confined space. The price of 170 SEK (2014) for full access are ridiculously high and honestly not worth it. The old part of the museum is still the best part and will give the full story to the city's naval history.Watch out for the entry stickers you get as proof of payment. You're supposed to put the visible on your clothes, but they have a habit of falling off - leaving you without proof of payment. However, they don't seem to enforce controls and I've never seen anyone being stopped inside the museum due to lack of a sticker. Since it is an all day "come and go" entry fee, you might want to have the sticker firmly attached. People who leave the museum puts their used sticker on a board at the exit. What's preventing people to take a sticker from here, save 170 SEK and just stroll in leaves me a bit in the dark. Honest people in Sweden I guess.
My daughter and I visited the museum and had a great day. The staff at the ticket office was very helpful. We wanted to have a guided tour in English but were there at the wrong time. The guide let us tag on to a Swedish Group and then he translated for us. It was very interesting and I'd love to return. After our visit we ate at the museum restaurant and the food was very good.
The Marine museum in Karlskrona Sweden, also called Swedish Naval Museum , is indeed a perfect museum for all fans of warships. The museum is located by the sea (where else?) just a ten minutes walk from the city centre. In June 2014 the new submarine exhibition was opened with guided tours in Swedish and English. https://www.facebook.com/marinmuseum
Karlskrona, which sits on the Baltic coast, was purpose-built for the Swedish Navy as a defensive site. The museum shows much of the history of the town and the Swedish navy, along with information about contemporaneous historic events. You can go into a submarine, and climb onto an old sailing ship and a couple of other military ships. Worth a couple of hours.
If you want to get up close and personal with a real full size complete submarine,this is it. The museum has been built around a real complete submarine. Recommend that you take the guided tour that takes you inside the sub. Around the walls of the building there are interactive screens in English detailing the history of the Swedish submarine service.
This is an excellent museum presenting the history of the Swedish navy...and much much more. Numerous models, some actually used in construction of 13th century warships, gave a miniature explanation of layout and construction of these vessels. Other displays showed the conditions of service on these boats. The second level presented a more recent history, from the world wars to the Russian submarine incursions during the cold war, to current patrols in the Gulf of Aden. One room, in particular, featured excellent first person anecdotes by 3 sailors on tour in the Gulf of Aden protecting shipping from modern piracy.Included with the entrance fees were head phone devices in 3 languages that explained different exhibits when a device was pointed at a "black dot" located near displays. Unfortunately, the black dots were hard to find, and not frequent enough. Perhaps this is a new feature and has not yet been fully implemented. English, German, and Swedish text was usually available on the first level, but became more spotty on the second.Across the entrance square was a large indoor display of wooden boats, some with historical significance. Further along the block was a wooden boat building school where students build traditional boats. We met a student working there, and he gave us a detailed explanation of his project.Overall, I could have spent twice the time we had allotted (3 hours). There is an excellent buffet restaurant in the main building.
Great museum, it is nice to have interactive activities all around the museum, the outside view is awesome and the chance to visit the submarines was unique.
I went there for a business banquet but we had the time to visit the museum. Even if the museography is not excellent (there is no real story between the different rooms, the museum definitely lack of a connecting thread) the pieces are nice. The submarine is impressive and very well preserved.