The Gotland Museum

Picture stone in Fornsalen

Fornsalen – the Historical Museum

Gotland’s museum of cultural history is called ‘Fornsalen’ (lit. ‘Hall of Antiquities’) in Swedish. Here you can see the hedgehog girl from the Stone Age, picture stones found nowhere else in the world, Viking Age silver hoards, church sculptures, medieval armour from the Danish invasion in 1361 and much, much more. You can learn more about the coral reefs, which form the bedrock of this island, follow human life on the island over 9 000 years and plunge into our medieval golden age.   Children find skeletons and treasures exciting to look at, but when they start getting ants in their pants, take them to the exhibition Ship o’Joy. There they can play together in boats, fishing huts and cargo ships.

Bild på barn som provar rustning

Exhibitions

At the Historical Museum, you will find clear and instructive exhibitions on the geological formation of Gotland, the first inhabitants, the Viking Age, Medieval Period and present day.   Here you can see Bronze Age jewellery, picture stones, pillbox-shaped brooches from the Viking Age, 1200-year-old coins from the whole world, Marian art from the numerous churches on Gotland and much, much more.   You can easily make your own way around the museum. Images, text displays and touch screens will give you lots of information.

Collection search

Most of our objects have been registered in a database called Collective Access. If you wish to find out more about some specific item, try this database!   Click on the link below to create a user name and personal log-in code. Then the collection is at your fingertips!   Search in Collective Access

Fornsalens exteriör från Strandgatan.

Opening hours and admission

Opening hours

Museum Tues–Sun 11–16
Shop Mon–Sun 8–16
Café & restaurant Mon–Sun 11–16

From 1 April open daily 10–18!

In the summer we offer guided tours of the museum monday–friday. The tour starts at 11 o'clock.

Admission

Adults Sep–May: 100 SEK June–Aug: 150 SEK
Students  Sep–May: 80 SEK June–Aug: 120 SEK
Under 19 years Free
Members Free
Combined ticket: Historical + Art Museum 160 SEK

Where to find us

The Historical Museum is at Strandgatan 14 in Visby, very close to Almedalen Park and Visby harbour.

By Car

The main road (140) running down towards the harbour.

Parking

There are car parks at the University, harbour and Gunpowder Tower. For a map of car parks, see Region Gotland’s web site. http://www.gotland.se/44104

By Bus

Visby bus station is east of the town centre and about 1 km from the Historical Museum.

Coordinates

57.6394, 18.2922