26. December 2017
Dive into history!
In the exhibition ‘Dive In – join the maritime archaeologist at work’ the sea floor’s treasure trove of artefacts and the stories they can tell us about cultural heritage from previous generations is recreated and brought to life, using interactive installations and film.
Climb Aboard - a new exhibition in the Viking Ship Hall
The exhibition takes you to the open sea where the weather changes from calm breeze to storms, thunder and high seas while the day changes from clear and bright morning to the darkest night.
Climb Aboard, the new exhibition at the Viking Ship Museum, is a story of voyaging across open sea. All that you see, hear, feel and sense with and within your body, while the day goes from clear, bright morning to an all-encompassing darkness. Changes in weather from blinding sunshine and a calm breeze, to storms, thunder and high seas. How the atmosphere shifts from boredom-induced stupor to one of dramatic energy.
The two ships are stocked with equipment and trading goods, which underline their function and invite for exploration; guests can open barrels and chests, have a look below deck, take a rest in the soft skins beneath the ship’s tent or try their hand as helmsman.
Aboard the warship, the cramped conditions can be experienced, and chests with warrior equipment reveal the hierarchy aboard. On the trading ship, iron bars, slate, antlers, silk, polar bear skin and amber bear witness to the merchants’ networks and sailing routes.
Special Exhibition: In the Wake of the Vikings
The special exhibition In the Wake of the Vikings is the story about how the five Skuldelev ships have shaped the museum to what it is today: how the remarkable find has been of crucial importance for maritime archaeology in Denmark and been the driving force behind far-reaching archaeological experiments within reconstruction and sailing.
In 1962, the remains of five Viking ships emerged from the mud at Roskilde Fjord.
The find turned out knowledge of Nordic maritime culture upside down and opened the door to the Viking Age world.
With this exhibition, we offer a look behind the scenes and show how years of working with the ships, has led to the development of an working environment that builds bridges between researchers, craftsmen and sailors.
We step into the excavation of the Skuldelev ships, get close to the boatbuilders, follow the sailing reconstructions on trial voyages and dive with the maritime archaeologists to sunken, underwater worlds.
Visit the Viking Ship Museum between Christmas and New Year
The Museum is open between Christmas and New Year from 26 to 30 December. We offer a guided tour in English at 14:00.
Café Knarr will also be open and offers a bite to eat and nice, hot coffee, tea or cocoa.
Café Knarr located on Museum Island with views of both the yard and the many beautiful wooden boats that are for the winter.
Special Christmas and New Year activities 26 to 30 December 2017
Christmas Opening Hours: 10:00 to 16:00
Admission: Adults: 85,00 DKK. Children 0-17 år: Free Admission
Guided tour in English 14:00
Christmas Tour Danish 12:00
The tours take about 45 min.
NB! The museum is closed on 24, 25 and 31 December.