Audio guides for both children and adults
Dramatic stories and knowledge about Viking ships
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.
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.
Sailing on Roskilde FJord
From 1 May to 30 September you can sail on Roskilde Fjord in Nordic boats.
See here how to get out sailing.
The boat collection
Let the boat collection guide you through the Nordic boat types.
Discover the many wooden boats in the museum harbour.
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.
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.
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.