The boatbuilders workshop
Try your hand at boatbuilding in the boatbuilders workshop. Work with fresh oak and the Vikings’ tool! You can watch the professional boatbuilders work while working with the axe, hammer, drill and knife yourself. The museum guides will help you get startet.
Build your own boat
Beside the boatyard, both adults and children can build model boats and test how seaworthy they are. There is a ample opportunity to try and experiment, and to think over what it takes to make a boat sail.
Play like a Viking
There will be Viking games at the disposal of all guest. You can either try your hand at strategic games such as 'Through the Thor's hammer' or give some of the strength based games a try.
The boatbuilders are constructing a Viking ship using replica Viking tools. Follow their progress every day and see the large collection of tools in the workshop. The blacksmith, woodcarver, rope maker, willow worker and sail maker take turns in demonstrating their skills – find out which two of the exciting workshops will be open during your visit by asking at the ticket desk.
Go on board!
On the ‘Jetty’ you can dress up as a Viking and imagine yourself back in the Viking Age. Learn to read the magical runes or play a Viking game. The Museum’s experienced guides open the ship’s chests and display swords, helmets, chain mail, axes and walrus teeth and explain all about Viking life and voyages.
Go on board the two reconstructed ships: a trading ship filled with wares from the Vikings’ world and trading ports on distant shores, and a war ship, equipped for battle. At the ‘Jetty’, you can also see a film about the impressive longship Sea Stallion from Glendalough and its dramatic voyage from Roskilde to Dublin and back again.
Always something to experience at the Viking Ship Museum:
Five ships - 1000 years of history
The museum's exhibitions are modern storytelling about the Vikings and their ships