The 17th of june 2011 the new museum opened its doors for the public for the first time. We were there for the opening, and will cover the three days of opening activities in a separate report. We begin, however, with a walkaround of this brand new museum of military vehicles.
The new museum is located in a building built for the purpose, compared to the old museum, that was located in old, dark and cramped tank garages. The vehicles are parked so that they have more space than previously, and some of them are placed in small (or, given the scale, large) dioramas. Due to constrains in available space, far from all the vehicles that was displayed at Axvall is being shown. The most important vehicles in the collection is however displayed.
Infantry transport in Sweden during the cold war (used until the late 80-ies in fact). No, the infantry doesn’t ride in the tractor, neither on the trailer. They ride on the bikes seen behind the trailer, and hold on to a rope hanging from the tractor trailer.
Well, this concludes the “guided” part of the walk around. There are more pics down below. Don´t forget to spend your money at the..
My view of the museum is that it is a splendid new beginning. There are some small issues that will be addressed. Some signs for the displayed items were not finished in time, some displays will be changed. There will probably be some more items added to the display, and there will be thematic displays that changes over time. I also hope that the museum will be able to grow in order to put some more objects on display.
However, if you´re interested in armour, and you´re in Sweden, I recommend a visit.
A report on the opening event can be found on this very site here.
Finally, you can read an article about the museum before it was finished here.
Also, Arsenalen has a website here: http://www.arsenalen.se/