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The Viking World

A thousand square metres of thrilling stories, interactive stations for all the senses, and 2,500 original objects.


  • Regular admission: SEK 150. Children and youth aged 0-18: free. You do not need to pre-book.
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11:00 – 18:00

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The Viking World

The myth of the violent, plundering Vikings, with their horned helmets, has spread around the world. But new archaeological discoveries and research have changed our view of life in Scandinavia a thousand years ago.

We call the years 750 to 1100 CE the Viking Age – 350 dynamic years when life in Scandinavia underwent fundamental change. At the centre of the exhibition stands Yggdrasil, the world tree, which was at the heart of the Viking’s mythology and the way they saw the world. The roots of the tree weave around the exhibition, leading the visitor through ten different themes. From the social structure, the different roles people played in society, travel and cultural exchange with far-off countries – via craftwork, trade, seafaring and plundering – on to the relationship between the living and the dead and the growth of the Christian faith.

Now with 2,500 original objects

The exhibition covers almost a thousand square metres. It contains 2,500 original objects, interactive stations for all the senses, the opportunity to explore a 12th century stave church using virtual reality, interactive stations with the themes of cosmology, shipbuilding and rune carving as well as endless exciting tales.

Interior, viking exhibition, the Swedish History Museum.

The new Viking World exhibition covers 1 000 square meters and tells about the Viking Age from ten different aspects. Photo: Erik Lernestål, National Historical museums.

In the display a ring brooch in silver, part of a hoard find from Gotland, and a set of pearls, a grave find from Birka. Photo: Erik Lernestål, National Historical Museums.

Find the exhibition

You’ll find the Viking World at the ground floor.

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Barn med brynja ler

Foto: Jens Mohr/SHM.

Viking for a day

Tuesday – Sunday, June 27 – August 27, 2023

This summer, the museum’s green courtyard is filled with activities for adults and children of all ages! Come and try Viking Age crafts and games, bake Viking Age bread, test your balance on the islet walk or relax under the large willow tree. Listen to stories from Norse mythology or join a tour of the exhibition.

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Digital access to the exhibitions collection

All the objects, artefacts and texts in The Viking World can be accessed via mobile phone, tablet or computer, physically in the museum or at home. When using digital access the visitors can immerse themselves in all the objects, see high resolution pictures, and with the aid of deep zoom technique see details which would otherwise be almost invisible to the naked eye.

Use this link on your computer, ipad or phone: The Viking World – website

The Viking World website


Exhibition production

The exhibition is produced by a team at the National Historical museum: Exhibition design: Atsuko Hamanaka Brandt.

Collaboration partners and sponsor

The Viking World is produced by National Historical Museums. Collaboration partners: The University of Gothenburg, Uppsala University, Stockholm University of the arts and higher vocational education provider Xenter.

MuseumsPartner is the Exhibition Sponsor

In cooperation with international museums, MuseumsPartner has conceived a range of object and scientific-based traveling exhibitions that are informative and engaging for a multitude of audiences and easy to adapt to different spaces.

MuseumsPartner and National Historical Museums, have experience from prior collaboration in which the Parties overall expertise contributed to the creation of two travelling exhibits on Vikings that toured the world and were visited by around two million people.

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