Officially unveiled by Queen Margrethe of Denmark last week, Copenhagen’s National Museum has just launched a rather spectacular exhibition entitled ‘Viking’, presenting a modern-day representation of the Viking age and their love of adventure, savagery and desire to conquer. The exhibition comprises four central themes – international contacts, power and aristocracy, war and warriors and religion and rituals – and provides a fascinating insight into the international world in which ferociously ambitious and war-hungry Danish and Nordic Vikings found themselves.
The largest Viking exhibition in more than 20 years, the collection centres round the wreck of a 37-metre long Viking ship – the world’s longest – found in Roskilde in 1997 and is the first time that Ægir (otherwise known as Roskilde 6) has been put on display to the general public. In addition to the ship, the exhibition also brings together Viking artefacts such as swords, battle axes, jewellery and collars from museums in 12 different countries including England, Norway and Russia, a number of which have never been publicly displayed before.
Running until November 17th in Copenhagen, this travelling exhibition then moves on to London where it plays an inaugural role in the opening of the British Museum’s new exhibition space, as well as Berlin. The National Museum of Denmark is open from Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday) from 10am to 5pm. Entrance to the exhibition is free (in one-hour slots), however there is an online booking fee of 10DKK per person. Guided group tours are also available for 30DKK.