The World in the Viking Age 2014

The special exhibition, ‘The World in the Viking Age’, provided a new, global perspective on the Viking Age and told a world history about ships, people and objects on the move – from the furthest reaches of Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, and from the Persian Gulf to East Africa and China.

In the 9th century, new seafaring routes were discovered. Sailing ships made it possible to reach worlds, far away from familiar shores. At seafaring’s nodal points, complex new cultures, towns, networks and communities emerged. Voyages connected coasts and brought together people of different ideas, beliefs and traditions.

9th century seafaring transformed the world.

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The exhibition was supported by:

  • D/S Orients Fond
  • Augustinus Fonden
  • Knud Højgaards Fond
  • Dronning Margrethes og Prins Henriks Fond


Institutions lending to the exhibition:

  • Archäologisches Landesmuseum, Schleswig, Germany
  • British Museum, Great Britain
  • Bute Museum and National Museums Scotland
  • Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Museum of Archaeology and Histori in Elblag, Poland
  • National Museum of Denmark
  • Oxford University, Great Britain
  • Museum of Southwest Jutland, Denmark
  • Suzhou Museum, China
  • The David Collection, Denmark
  • The Frisian Society for History and Culture / Fries Museum, The Netherlands
  • Zanzibar Museum, Tanzania


Production: The Viking Ship Museum
Digital, interactive installations: Yoke ApS
Lighting: ABS LYS
Print: Colorgruppen A/S
Exhibition catalogue/Design and Layout: Polytype