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Mars Makalös: The Magnificent Mars – 16th century naval life

Address: Västervik Museum, 593 38 Västervik Show map

Address: Västervik Museum, 593 38 Västervik

Västervik Museum’s unique exhibition of the wreckage of the Swedish warship Mars is one of most stunning marine archaeological finds of our time. An exhibition that goes by the name Mars Makalös [the Magnificent Mars].

In the summer of 2011 the diving team Ocean Discovery encountered a large wreck east of Öland at a depth of 75 metres. The wreck was eventually identified as the Mars. In 2012 and 2013, a large team of divers and scientists conducted marine archaeological documentation using high-tech equipment and modern diving techniques. A large number of photographs and film material have been produced. Some parts of the ship’s timber, a gun mounting and two guns were also recovered.

The exhibition focuses on 16th century naval history – it includes the wreck of the Ringaren which sank just outside of Loftahammar sometime during the 16th century, as well as the wreck of the Elefanten, a warship which belonged to the same fleet as the Mars. Here you can see the salvaged items as well as video and photo materials.

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About this activity

  • Phone number
    +46 490 - 211 77
  • Street address 1
    Västervik Museum
  • City (address)
    593 38 Västervik
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  • Opening hours
    Monday - Friday 10:00 - 16:00 Sunday 13:00-16:00 June - August also open on saturdays 13:00 - 16:00
  • Price information
    Adults 50 SEK Under 18 free