Opening hours 2018
Jan-April Saturday 15.00-17.30.
May wednesday-Sunday 12-16
1-20 June daily 12-16.
Please note that the museum is closed on Midsummer’s Eve.
22 June – 11 August, daily 10 – 17.30, wednesday open to 20.00
12-31 August daily 12-16.
September Wednesday-Sunday 12-16
October-14 december 15.00-17.30
Daily tours only in Swedish
The museum is open for bookings throughout the year.
Adults – SEK 80
Youths 8-17 years old – SEK 40
Children up to7 years old go free of charge.
Member of the Birgittastiftelsen has free admission.
The museum accepts most debit and credit cards and Swish.
How to Find the Museum The museum is in a Royal Palace in brick from 1260. It is located behind the Northern long side of the monastery church/Klosterkyrkan. When you come out of Klosterkyrkan you go to the left and round the corner of the church. You then come to the so-called Gräsgården which lies in front of the Royal Palace, which in the beginning of the 15th century became Sancta Birgitta Monastery, and which is now the museum.
Search position on Google map: Sancta Birgitta Klostermuseum
From Motala and Ödeshög: road 919 (former Rv50).
From Mjölby/Skänninge road 206.
Turn towards Skänningegatan. Follow the signs to “Klosterområde” and “Sancta Birgitta Klostermuseum”.
Cars: Rödtornet (Red Tower) along Lastköpingsgatan, Örtagården and Stora Torget (see the map).
Disabled parking: At the eastern gable of the museum (no signs, see the map).
Bus: Along Lastköpingsgatan and behind the museum at Folkhögskolan (see the map).
Bicycle: At the eastern gable of the museum (same as disabled parking, see the map).
Many pilgrim routes, e.g. from Alvastra and Linköping, end up in Vadstena, see www.pilgrimscentrum.se for maps and info.
Or same road as by car/bicycle.
Train: to Skänninge via Linköping, Mjölby and Motala and from there by bus, see below.
Express bus: Blåklintsbuss from Stockholm and Gothenburg.
Bus: Skänninge bus 661, Motala bus 612 or 613
Vadstena Fire Station stop, take Skänningegatan and follow the signs to “Klosterområde”.
Vadstena station stop. Go down Vätterstranden and follow the sea front to the convent area.
Bring along the Children
You are welcome to try on medieval clothes in the clothes cupboard of the castle.
Nursing tables can be found in the accessible WC.
At the cafe you can eat your packed lunch, and there is a microwave to heat baby food at the reception. The ground floor is accessible for pushchairs, but the top floor is not.
The museum is accessible at the entrance, shop and ground floor. Unfortunately there is no lift to the second floor. If you are coming from Klosterkyrkan, there is a ramp through the annex wing of the house, the so called Trossboden. If you are coming from the back of the museum, there is a ramp at the entrance. There is an accessible WC in Trossboden.
The museum is doing its best to ensure that all texts are legible
All texts in the exhibitions, with a few exceptions, are translated into English.
For prebooked groups we can offer guided tours in Swedish, English, German, Finnish, Danish, French, Italian and, under special circumstances, in Russian.
Visitors are allowed to take pictures for private use anywhere except in the textile chamber.
Taking pictures for other purposes is allowed only under special circumstances.
If you need access to Bibliotecha Birgittina or to the buildings in the conventarea for research, you can contact the museum to make arrangements.