Welcome to The Viking Ship Museum

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.

Sailing on Roskilde Fjord

You can go sailing on Roskilde Fjord in Nordic wooden boats every day until 30 September.
Grab the oars and help setting sails.


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

Living boatyard

The boatyard recreates ships of the past using the same materials and techniques used by the Vikings 1000 years ago.


As the seasons change, so do the activities and experiences.
See what activities the museum is offering right now.

Daily tours

Join the daily tours inside and out - and for young and old.


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.

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.

Daily program

See what's on at the Viking Ship Museum.

The museum also offers food and drinks and a beautiful museums shop

Opening hours and admission

The Viking Ship Museum is open daily.
Here you can find the opening hours and admission fees applicable on the day you visit.

Café Knarr

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.

Museum shop in the Viking Ship Hall

In the Museum shop you will find a wide range of jewelry, textiles and crafts in Nordic design and with inspiration from the Viking Age.