Underwater archaeology museums
These are museums of general underwater archaeology interest. Other European museums are listed under
- Swedish National Maritime
Museum, Stockholm. Research projects are conducted, e.g. investigation of reported
wrecks. The museum hosts a fine collection of old ship models as well as Sweden's largest UW
archaeology library, photo archive, and the national wreck register, which is partially on computers
but not on internet.
- Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden.
Exhibits the 64 gun battleship sunk in 1628. Researcher
Anders Franzén placed it on a search list and finally found
it. Salvaged in one piece in 1961, helped by private donors and sponsors.
Conservation with PEG took nearly 30 years. Despite that, the museum ship now suffers from
sulphur acid attacks.
- Swedish Naval Museum, Karlskrona. The museum has a large collection of figureheads and its own 18th century
underwater wreck fully visible below the building.
- Kalmar County Museum, Sweden. Exhibiting
finds from the ongoing excavation of the battleship Kronan, sunk in 1676.
- Vänermuseet, Lidköping, Sweden. Keeps a wreck
register and displays finds from the investigations in the sweetwater Lake Vänern.
- Medieval Museum, Stockholm,
Sweden. Displays medieval shipfinds from Stockholm, eg the
Riddarholmen ship, excavated in 1930, dendro dated to about 1525. The finds were partly on land
because of both land rise and landfill.
- Maritime Museum of Finland,
Helsinki. Hosts the national wreck
- Åland Maritime Museum,
Finland. Ship models, wreck archives.
- Provincial Museum of Kymenlaakso, Kotka, Finland
Norwegian Maritime Museum, Oslo. Hosts the wreck register
for south Norway.
- Vikingskipshuset, Oslo, Norway. Displaying the well preserved Oseberg and Gokstad Viking ships.
- Norwegian Naval Museum, Horten,
The Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde, Denmark.
Ladby Ship Museum, Kerteminde, Fyn, Denmark. Displays 22 m long Viking ship found in a
grave mound in 1935.
Langelands museum. Responsible for underwater archaeology in the Fyns Amt area
in southern Denmark.
- Maritime Museum of Denmark, Helsingør,
- Danish Naval Museum, Copenhagen. Has a fine
collection of old ship models.
- National Museum of Denmark. Hosts the Hjortspring
boat and occasional temporary exhibitions.
- The St George Shipwreck Museum, Thorsminde,
Denmark, has an extensive wreck list. The museum is responsible
for underwater archaeology in the local region.
- Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology,
Bodrum (ex Halicarnassos), Turkey. Exhibits finds from the Yasi Ada excavations.
- National Maritime Museum,
Haifa, Israel. Displays the Athlit ram from c 204-164 BC, from the bow
of a warship. Link.
- Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Vergennes, Vermont,
- The Mariners' Museum, Virginia, USA. Involved with
the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. It
is the first such sanctuary established by the United States and is
administered by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.
- Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle, Australia. Exhibiting the excavated
wreck of Batavia from 1629.
- Australian National Maritime Museum,
Sydney. The museum is beautifully set in one of the harbour areas, offering visits to floating
There are several other interesting museums in the world, dealing with underwater
archaeology. Find them in Abysso,
Lars Bruzelius' list, at
Yahoo, at Icom, or use a
search engine. There is also a virtual museum
on these pages. Athlit ram photo courtesy prof. Elisha Linder.