Activities for the whole family
At the Viking Ship Museum, you are not just a passive spectator - You can participate in exciting activities where you use both your hands and your head.
The boatyard, where we are reconstruction yet another Viking ship, is placed on the Museum Island, and across the museum harbor you will find ‘Strandengen’ – the Beach Meadow - with many activities and the possibility to enter a 30 meter long Viking ship.
Indoor in the Viking Ship Hall you can experience the five world-famous Viking ships excavated in Roskilde Fjord and hear stories from the time when the Vikings sailed the seas.
Welcome to historically good experiences!
The boatyard is the heart of the Museum Island
Visit the Boatyard at the Museum Island where our boat builders are reconstructing Viking ships and other traditional wooden boats. The smell of fresh wood tar fills the air and the sound of the boat builder's axe against the oak tree echoes rhythmically across the boatyard.
The boat builders use the same materials and techniques that the Vikings used 1000 years ago and build with copies of the tools excavated from the Viking Age. You can follow the work closely, as the boat builders show the special techniques and tell more about the work of building Viking ships by hand.
Build your own boat
Right next to the boatyard, you can test your skills as a boat builder. In the ‘Build a Boat’ workshop you can build smaller versions of the traditional wooden ships.
Our facilitators help the children with tips and tricks, and by devising and testing whether their ships are seaworthy, they gain new knowledge and learn more about our way of working.
During the winter season we offer free tours conducted by our skilled guides who are history or archeology students.
Their stories bring the original ships to life and put the discovery of the five Skuldelev ships in perspective in relation to the maritime culture of the Viking Age - and provide an insight into how the Vikings changed the world with their ships.
It is free to participate in the tours when you have a ticket to the Viking Ship Museum.
There are limited places on our tours and talks, so if you come with a group, it is best if you book a tour in advance.
The guides decide if there is room for groups on the day's tours.
The Viking Ship Hall is the buzz of history
The Viking Ship Museum is built around the almost 1000-year-old Viking ships, which are exhibited in the large Viking Ship Hall with the fjord as a direct background – a most spectacular view.
Without ships - no Viking Age, and the ships are one of the most impressive testimonies we have today from the Viking Age - anywhere in the world!
Listen to the dramatized audio guide
Listen to the surprising stories about the importance of ships in the dramatic events of the Viking Age. The audio guide is available in several versions; one for adults and one for children as well as a real expert edition, where the museum's researchers provide insight to their very specialized knowledge.
Who can solve the MuseumMystery?
The MuseumMystery is a digital treasure hunt that takes you around the Viking ships in a fun, entertaining and surprising way. The game is designed for children from 6 years and up (accompanied by adults). Most of the game takes place with the eyes away from the smartphone, and you investigate, observe and find answers by interacting with the surroundings.
In the Viking Ship Hall, there is a very special room where you can climb aboard two recreated Viking ships. The walls are illuminated by interactive representations of the ocean - from calm winds to stormy gales - that make you want to go to sea. Lift the lids on the chests on board and find out what the Vikings brought on their voyages.
In the Museum shop you will find modern, Nordic ceramics and Scandinavian fashion brands together with beautiful jewelry, hand-forged axes, books and mead.
New Nordic Viking Food
When you need a break in between the activities and many experiences, you can taste New Nordic Viking Food in Café Knarr. The café is located in the middle of the Museum island, and you can sit outside or indoor. The café serves delicious food inspired by the Viking Age with a New Nordic twist.
When can we go sailing on the fjord?
In the Museum harbor our large collection of Nordic wooden boats are docked, and they are not only to be admired from a distance. From 1st May until September 30th, you can sail out on the fjord in Nordic, traditional, wooden boats.
They are descendants of the Viking ships, and have their origin in western Norway or the Faroe Islands.
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