Welcome to the Viking Ship Museum

1000 years ago, the Vikings sailed along the shores of Europe, up rivers and across the open sea throughout the North Atlantic area.

Ships are the essence of the Viking Age. With them, the Scandinavian countries were founded.

The Viking Ship Museum is built around the five original Viking ships from Skuldelev. They are part of a global story about ships, people and things on voyages.

The museum tells the story of how the Vikings changed the World with their ships.

Without ships, no Viking Age.

Opening hours

Open every day

The Viking Ship Museum is open every day with activities, exciting stories and guided tours.

De fem vikingeskibe er udstillet i Vikingeskibshallen

Exhibitions

The museum displays both permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Read more about the museum's current exhibitions here.

Activities

The Viking Ship Museum offers a lot of exciting activities and experiences on land and water for the whole family.

Workshop at the Maritime Archaeologists' DocuLab

On weekends and during Danish school holidays, children and adults can try their hand at the maritime archaeological method and perhaps even get to hold archaeological finds in their hands.

Visit the Maritime Archaeologists' DocuLab

At the Museum Island, you can visit the Maritime Archaeologists' DocuLab. Here, archaeologists are working on documenting two remarkable shipwrecks.

The Museum Shop

Shop a large selection of Nordic design and museum copies. Access to the Museum Shop is free.

New Nordic Vikingfood

Café Knarr is located on Museum Lake with a view of the beautiful wooden boats.
It serves food inspired by the world of the Vikings.

Listen to Audio guide with dramatic stories about the Viking Ships

Audioguides

Listen to exciting and dramatic stories about Viking ships and voyages.
There are audio guides for children and adults


News from the Viking Ship Museum

A new and ambitious home for the Viking ships in Roskilde

Published 12th Jan 2024

The winner of the architect competition for the New Viking Ship Museum has been found. On 11 January 2024, the…

In the Marine Archaeologists' Workshop, you can follow the exploration of two shipwrecks discovered during construction work in the port of Copenhagen.

Dive into the Past: Explore Shipwrecks at the Marine Archaeologists' DocuLab

Published 11th Dec 2023

The exploration of two remarkable shipwrecks found in 12 meters of water during the construction of the artificial…

In the next few days, marine archaeologists from the Viking Ship Museum and the National Museum of Denmark will be diving down to the remains of two ships off the coast of Costa Rica. The investigation seeks to determine whether these are the wrecks of two 18th-century Danish slave ships. Photo: Andreas K. Bloch / Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde

Researchers to investigate whether Costa Rica shipwrecks are Danish slave ships

Published 07th Sep 2023

In the next few days, marine archaeologists from the Viking Ship Museum and the National Museum of Denmark will be…

Cleaving oak for Skuldelev 5: Tuesday 11/7 from 10:00

Published 07th Jul 2023

The boatbuilders are cleaving oak for Skuldelev 5: Tuesday 11/7 from 10:00

[Translate to english:] Silas Tavs Ravn er formidlingsmedarbejder med særligt ansvar for håndværksformidling. Han har været den primære underviser i forløbene med eleverne fra Rosenkilde Skole under Autismecenter Vestsjælland.

Children from schools for children with special needs get the courage to to do new things at the Viking Ship Museum

Published 06th Mar 2023

A three-year collaboration with Rosenkilde School under The Autism Centre West Zealand have taught us how to create…

With private donations, financing is now in place to secure the five Viking ships in Roskilde for posterity.

Large donations ensure a safe and future-proof home for Roskilde’s Viking ships

Published 23th Jun 2022

With private donations totalling 135 million kroner from VILLUM FONDEN, Augustinus Fonden and Aage og Johanne…

Launch of a new Viking ship May 7th 2022

Skuldelev 3 revisited: a window to the past

Published 24th Apr 2022

The new reconstruction of Skuldelev 3 has already provided many new insights on Viking Age boatbuilding during the…