THE STORIES OUR MUSEUMS TELL
Swedish Military Heritage is a network of 27 specially selected museums throughout Sweden. Visitors to our museums can experience the defense of Sweden throughout 500 years, everything from spectacular 18th century fortresses to modern deep bunkers, airfields and navy bases from the Cold War. Some of these have been top secret until just recently.
Our military museums and facilities tell the story of Sweden's military history from many perspectives. The veil of secrecy has become thinner as the years have passed, and we can now display impressive features and share exciting stories about the Cold War.
Previously top-secret fortresses and bases blasted into rock are particularly fascinating and world unique. These secret locations have been preserved intact and are now open to the public. See the Victoria Fort, Rödbergsfortet in the Boden Fortress, the Hemsö Fortress and the Aeroseum.
Listen to historical fates and narratives about the interplay between the military world and the civil society. Visit the exhibitions and take a guided tour. Visitors of all ages can try out flight and ship simulators, and view historical exhibits such as vehicles, vessels and aircraft.
Activities suitable for children and families include:
The Experience Centre for flight at Aeroseum
The fortress at Karlsborg
The fortress at Karlsborg offers "adventure excursions" through the shadowy underground constructions and galleries.
The Boden Defence Museum
The museum has an activity room in which children can paint or draw. An obstacle course outside the museum allows both young and old to work off some excess energy.
Teknikland in Östersund is both a playground and a museum.
Maritiman has 20 museum ships collected at one location, making it one of the largest floating centers of experience in the world for the complete family. Several of our museums also have temporary exhibitions for children.
CASTLES AND FORTRESSES
Many of Sweden's old fortresses, such as the Karlsborg and Vaxholm fortresses, are members of our heritage of military history.
The Vaxholm Fortress Museum lies out on Vaxholm Citadel. The museum has recently opened the exhibition "Livet på Kastellet (Life in the Citadel)" in the basement, focusing on those who lived in the shadow of the fortress in 1890, namely the housemaids, washerwomen and the men pressed into service as punishment.
The Fortress Karlsborg Museum consists of two parts: the fortress and the cavalry section. There is also the Garrison Church, which was originally intended to be used as the plenary hall for the Swedish parliament.
MILITARY DISPLAY GROUPS
We collaborate with the National Association of Military Cultural History Societies. The association consists of around 40 military display groups that cover the period from the 15th century to the middle of the 20th century. There are also music bands and dance groups.
Several of our facilities offer good food and accommodation in addition to unique experiences of the natural world and exciting cultural history.
We can help collaborators and travel companies to negotiate special offers for both groups and individual visitors. These offers may be, for example, discounted entry and prices in the museum shops and restaurants.
Many of our facilities offer guided tours or information about the museum and its exhibits to visitors from abroad in several languages.
Swedish Military Heritage is run by:
Swedish Museums of Military History
P.O. Box 14095, SE-104 41 Stockholm
+46 (0)8-519 563 10, info@sfh m.se, sfh m.se
Swedish National Maritime Museums
P.O. Box 27131, SE-102 52 Stockholm
+46 (0)8-519 548 00, firstname.lastname@example.org, maritima.se
For more information contact
+46 (0)8-51 95 63 15
Marketing and Information
+46 (0)8-51 95 63 83, nina.lakia@sfh m.se, smha.se