The Viking World – the world’s largest Viking exhibition
The myth of the violent, plundering Vikings from Nordic countries, with their horned helmets, has been circulating around the world for a long time. But what do we really know about life in Nordic countries one thousand years ago?
On June 24 this year, THE VIKING WORLD opens – the world’s largest Viking exhibition at Swedish History Museum in Stockholm. At the centre of the exhibition stands Yggdrasil, the World Tree, which was at the heart of the Vikings’ mythology and their way of seeing the world. The roots of the tree weave around the exhibition, leading the visitor through 10 different themes. From the social structure, the different roles people played in society, travel and cultural exchange with far-off countries – via handicraft, trade, seafaring and plundering – on to the relationship between the living and the dead and the growth of Christianity.
The exhibition will cover an area of over one thousand square metres. It will contain more than 1,500 original objects, digital interactive environments, three-dimensional copies to investigate and physical interactive exhibits for all the senses. All this, together with a multitude of exciting stories, means THE VIKING WORLD will place the traditional image of the Vikings in a new, dramatic light.