Always something happening at the boatyard
Experience the smell of tar and the sound of chopping axes when you come into close contact with the craftsmen at the boatyard.
Archaeology under the sea
Stone Age settlements, shipwrecks, defence systems, jetties, harbour installations and aircraft wrecks are just some of the things we dig out from beneath the surface. Follow the excavations and read the reports.
Hands on and more fun
Pupils and teachers come to the Museum to engage in teaching courses with visualized learning and hands on experience.
Follow the ships at sea
Every summer a handful of the Museum's reconstructed vikingships are sailing out on their annual summer cruises to collect data for research and knowledge. Follow their cruises and read their diaries.
Research, boatbuilding and education
The Viking Ship Museum is an active experimental archaeology research centre where craftsmen, academics and seamen works together in order to discover more about maritime cultural heritage. Thus, both experimental archaeology conducted by boatbuildes, sailers and craftsmen, and maritime archaeology are central to the museums research, storytelling and education.
At the boatyard, located on Museum Lake, clinker-built utility boats are built. The boatyard's speciality is full-scale reconstruction of prehistoric boats, using the methods of the time.
The Viking Ship Museum is an active experimental archaeology research centre, with over thirty years experience in building and sailing reconstructions of archaeological ship finds
Museums boat collection
The boat collection is an active part of the museum's exhibition and communication. The museum's boat collection is constantly growing. The museum has more than 40 different boats, and several are built at the boatyard.
The Viking Ship Museum is a cross-disciplinary environment in which craftsmen, academics and seamen work together in order to discover more about maritime cultural heritage.
The Viking Ship Museum conducts experimental archaeological research in order to investigate the techniques, methods and conceptual understandings utilised while building and using the boats and ships of the past.
The Viking Ship Museum also works with marine archaeology. Marine archaeology is archaeology under water, there are lots of archaeological traces on the seabed.