Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities at the basement beneath the Northeast Wing.
Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities
Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities is located in the upper basement at the Northeast Wing of the Royal Castle with large windows facing the Lynx Garden. The double basements at the Northeast Wing are due to the big difference in height at the east side of the Royal Castle.
The average height of the basement is approx. 7 meter which you can see at the museum. The walls at the museum is white washed and the floor has marble tiles.
The Royal Armoury's conference room at the basement beneath the Main buildings east side.
The Royal Armoury
The Royal Armoury is located at the basement beneath the Main buildings east side and Southeast Wing. To get more space the Museum has created a mezzanine floor within a part of the basement for their exhibitions. If you visit their conference room "Hörsalen" you will get a perfect feeling for how the old original basement (cellar) looked in the old days.
The Royal Armoury also uses the both basements beneath the Southeast wing of the Royal Castle. The upper basement (where the Royal Castle Theatre once was planned to be) is called the "Stone Hall" (Stensalen) and is used for conferences as a dining room. There is also a small library at the east part of the upper basement. The lower basement is really a cellar and this is where the Museum exhibit it's carriages, once this cellar was used for store wood to heat the Royal Castle. The Cellar also has large doors facing the street outside the castle.
The Museum Tre Kronor at the basement beneath the Main buildings north side.
The Museum Tre Kronor
The Museum Tre Kronor is located in the basement beneath the Main buildings north side and is probably the oldest part of the Royal Castle, it dates back to mid-13:th century. Here you can see the old basement with the original walls and arches. If you visit the Museum look out for:
In the first room you enter after coming in to the Museum you can see the brickwork at the south wall, it's dated to 1210-1350 and is the oldest dating in the Royal Castle. In the last main room just before you turn to the left you can see very old burn marks at the wall. The wall is dated to early 14:th century and so far there are no records of a fire to match the bur marks which means no one knows the history behind the burn marks.
The Royal Treasury at the basement beneath the Main buildings south side. © Royal Court
The Royal Treasury
The Royal Treasury is located in the new basement that was built when the present Royal Castle was constructed in the 18:th century. The wall are preserved with its original brickwork. The staircase down to the Royal Treasury seams to go on forever and that is because the average height of the basement is approx. 7 meters which translates into 40 steps.
The Royal Castle Archive at the basement beneath the North West Wing. Photo by: Anton Blomberg, Royal Court 1906.
The Royal Castle Archive
The Royal Castle Archive is located in the upper and lower basement beneath the Northwest wing and was built in 1750 with the purpose to function as a archive storage. The main facilities of the Royal Castle Archive are located in the upper basement with an entrance from the Lion slope (Lejonbacken) to the north and is open for visitors. The storage facilities at the lower basement (the cellar) are not open for visitors.