The origins of the Naval Museum stretch all the way back to 1752 when the Model Chamber in Karlskrona was founded by King Adolf Fredrik. The Model Chamber contained a number of ship- and construction models that, in those days, were built in order to test different technical solutions and ships' constructions. Today, these fascinating and detailed models constitute the heart of the museum along with the figureheads in the museum's beautiful Figurehead Hall.
The Naval Museum is the Swedish national museum for the history of the Swedish Navy. Apart from the exhibits the museum contains object collections, a drawings archive, a pictures archive and a library.
The present museum building on Stumholmen in Karlskrona was opened in 1997. Before that the museum lay in the former cadet barracks in the naval harbour and was known as the Shipyard Museum (Varvsmuseet). Along the quays around the museum a number of older vessels are moored. These are the minesweeper Bremön, the motor torpedo boat T38, the full-rigger Jarramas and the missile ship Västervik. On land you also find the submarine U1, also known as Hajen (the Shark). In the summer the museum sloops are moored outside the Sloop and Longboat Shed.
On the Sunday after midsummer's weekend the Nostalgia Festival with classic boats and cars takes place at the Naval Museum. Over 50 old wooden and plastic pleasure boats take part.