King Gustav Vasa began construction of Gripsholm Castle in 1537, as a defence against both foreign and domestic threats. From the outset, the castle was obsolescent as a defence installation and was never used for its intended purpose.
From the Renaissance to national romanticism
The castle has undergone major changes over the centuries. Gustav Vasa’s son, Duke Karl (Karl IX), was responsible for the first modernization as far back as the late 16th century. The most recent major renovation took place in the 1890s during the reign of Oscar II. The castle’s architecture reflects a long period of changing styles, from the 16th-century Renaissance to the national romanticism of the late 19th century. The castle also houses Gustav III’s private theatre.
National Portrait Collection
Gripsholm Castle is home to the National Portrait Collection (founded 1822) of over 4,000 works, charting the evolution of portraiture from the 16th century to the present. Nationalmuseum has been responsible for the collection since the 1860s.
Opening hours and admission fees
15 May–15 September: Daily 10 am–4 pm.
This autumn: Saturdays and Sundays 19 September-29 November open noon-3 p.m.
Admission: SEK 80/40. Children under 7 free
Guided tours daily (until 15 September): In Swedish at noon and 2 pm, in English at 1 pm
Family tours (in Swedish) 3 pm Saturday/Sunday, daily 15 June–15 August
Tour fee: SEK 20/10
For group bookings, private tours and information call +46 159 10194
This summer we present Gustav IV Adolf at Gripsholm, an exhibition covering the fateful events of 1809 and focusing on the deposed king’s sojourn at the castle. Exhibits include some previously unseen artifacts relating to Gustav IV Adolf’s time here.