Opening hours 2016
May wednesday-Sunday 12-16
1-23 June daily 12-16. Please note that the museum is closed on Midsummer’s Eve.
25 June – 14 August, daily 10 – 17.30
15-31 August daily 12-16.
1 September-2 october Wednesday-Sunday 12-16
October-17 december 15.30-17.30
Daily tours only in Swedish
The museum is open for bookings throughout the year.
How to Find the Museum
The museum is located in a brick building in the area of the medieval convent. Our neighbour, Klosterkyrkan, is visible from almost everywhere in Vadstena.
WGS84 decimal (lat, lon)
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.
Cafe and Own Packed Lunch
The museum has a coffee vending machine, pastries and cold drinks. There is also an option to eat your own packed lunch. Groups that would prefer to bring their own packed lunch must make an advance booking.
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.
People with allergies are also welcome, hence all animals, except guide dogs, must wait outside the museum.
Animals, except guide dogs, have to wait outside the museum.
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.
The museum is quality-certified via Swedish welcome. The certification covers hosting, interpretation, accessibility, signs, cleaning etc.
The museum is environmentally-certified via Swedish welcome. The certification covers energy use, eco-labelled cleaning and office products, HR policy, recycling etc.
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.