At Kalmar Castle we display permanent exhibitions, that tell the dramatic history of the castle, but also temporary exhibitions with different themes.
Seasonal Exhibition 2020
This year, 500 years have passed since Gustav Vasa made his entrance in Kalmar. Now, he will once more take over at Kalmar Castle. This year’s seasonal exhibition, Gustav Vasa through his beard – a history of power is displayed at Kalmar Castle from April 4th through to November 8th, 2020.
800 years of war, power and glory!
In the Governor's Apartments we tell the 800-year long history of Kalmar Castle through different themes. Each room presents an epoch, an event, or a theme.
Follow how the castle developed architecturally from the 12th century until the 16th, study the Dacke Revolt, experience the Kalmar Union era, or how about stepping right into the Kalmar War? And don't miss the interactive databases, featuring some 400 texts, anecdotes and stories.
Johan III's Easter Dinner
Welcome to a set table in the Grey Hall... It is Easter, 1586. The dinner is a reconstruction based on the German traveler Samuel Kiechel's diary entries, as well as preserved lists of purchases and menus from the 16th century.
At the table, dishes such as fish pies with eggs mingle with salmon with lemons, rice pudding with walnuts and chopped pike in the shape of pears. Healthy appetite!
The Agda Chamber
This small room is located next to ”the king's new chamber”, or the Golden Hall as it is called today. It may have been here that Duke Erik's favourite mistress Agda Persdotter lived during the time she spent at Kalmar Castle.
The room is furnished so that it resembles a 16th century upper class bedchamber environment, providing an image of how a royal mistress may have lived. The furniture has been modeled after preserved original Renaissance furniture.
The Women's Prison
In the old women's prison from the 19th century you make a rather unpleasant encounter with crime and punishment. Frighteningly realistic imagery conveys the torment that women suffered, from the 15th century until the 19th century. Superstition and questionable evidence influenced the trials they endured, during this dark time in our history of law.
Curious about the castle?
At Kalmar Castle we have interactive touch screens where you find some 400 texts, anecdotes, and stories. The texts are written in Swedish, English and German.