The Maritime Museum is the central institution within SMM (Swedish National Maritime Museums), which also oversees its two sister museums, the Naval Museum and the Vasa Museum.
It is charged with the collection, conservation and exhibition of material relating to merchant shipping, shipbuilding and naval defence. Exhibits include ships’ interiors, navigational instruments, weapons, figureheads, marlinspike
It preserves the original cabin and sun-crowned stern of the schooner Amphion (which you see on panorama). It was King Gustav III’s pleasure and command vessel. The cabin and stern were preserved when the ship was broken up. With their gilded pilasters and ethereal paintings of hovering cherubs they have become a natural centre of the Maritime Museum.
Gustav III was inspired by the luxury of the French court in Versailles and asked the shipmaster builder Fredrik Henrik af Chapman to build him a schooner yacht. The schooner Amphion was launched in 1778 and was also used, despite its dubious seaworthiness, as a command vessel during the Russo-Swedish War 1788-1790, and participated in both of the Battles of Svensksund.