The Viking Ship Museum exhibits the five 1000-year-old original ship finds from the Viking Age (the Skuldelev Ships) as well as a fleet of sailing reconstructions. Several of these reconstructions and other Nordic boats are also available to sail in. You can also meet the craftsmen who keep up the traditions of the old maritime trades, and you can try your hand with axes, ropes and many other activities.
The five original Viking Ships
The permanent exhibitions are focused on the five Skuldelev Ships. The goal of these exhibits is to tell the story of these ships and of the many Nordic maritime adventures during the Viking Age. The five original Viking ships stand majestically with the Roskilde Fjord as a living backdrop. With this view, it becomes easy to imagine how the merchant set off for distant shores with his goods, the warriors waved goodbye to their families before the voyage and the fisherman embarked on the fjord with the hope of returning with a good catch.
Start your visit by watching our introduction film ”Five Viking Ships from Skuldelev”. The film lasts 14 minutes and is available in multiple languages.
The museum displays both permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Read more about the museum's current exhibitions here.
As the seasons change, so do the activities and experiences.
See what activities the museum is offering right now.
The boatyard recreates ships of the past using the same materials and techniques used by the Vikings 1000 years ago.
From 1 May to 30 September you can go sailing on Roskilde Fjord in Nordic wooden boats.
Grab the oars and help setting sails.
Listen to exciting and dramatic stories about Viking ships and voyages.
There are audio guides for children and adults.
The MuseumMystery is a digital treasure hunt that takes you around the Viking ships in a fun and surprising way.
At the Museum Island, you can visit the Maritime Archaeologists' DocuLab. Here, archaeologists are working on documenting two remarkable shipwrecks.
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.
The Viking Ship Museum is open daily.
Here you can find the opening hours and admission fees applicable on the day you visit.
At the Viking Ship Museum you can enjoy the active atmosphere on the Museum Island or the views of the Roskilde Fjord as you dine.