This morning our first museum scheduled was the Viking Museum. Because the museum did not open until 11, we spent some time wandering the shops. A lot of the outdoor shops have their own repair sections, and one had a nice little alcove for relaxing too.
The Viking Museum had a lot of interesting things to do. It started with a dragon boat.
Lots of interesting displays and a ride through a Saga. We also could look like a Viking for a minute or two. Again, like yesterday, there are many more pics on my iPad. The museum had a really great gift shop with lots of interesting things to buy.
We saw more rune stones and wrote our names in the runic alphabet.
After the Viking Museum, we wandered through the gravesites by the Nordiska Museet (Nordic Museum). The graves were interesting as there were often several names on each stone.
There was a memorial for the graves of the people that had been buried with the Vasa for 333 years, the path to that was paved with stones from the ballast in the Vasa.
There was also a memorial to all those who died on the MS Estonia in 1994. Considered the deadliest peacetime wreck to have occurred in European waters with a loss of 852 lives.
We then had lunch at the Nordiska Museet. What a magnificent building – it is 150 years old this year. Oh, and guess what, another archive.
Although we did not explore it, I couldn’t resist a couple of pictures outside the Abba Museum.
After that we headed to Skansen. Skansen is an open air museum with many displays of historical buildings from all over Sweden. I was particularly interested in the farm buildings as many of my ancestors were farmers.
There was also a room that showed an example of where labourers around 1895 – to the early 1900s would have lived. This was interesting too as my great-grandfather would have been living in this kind of situation.
We saw Sami buildings and even saw some reindeer.
A milestone from 1666 – look, a stone that isn’t a rune stone.
The Skansen has many animals and the babies were all around.
The children could play on “sheep” in the playground.
After another long day of walking we are resting at the hotel this evening, planning for our trip back to Oslo tomorrow.