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Vikingeskibsmuseet (Viking Ship Museum)

Listed under Museums in Sjaelland, Denmark.

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The ocean and ocean-travel were vital to Denmark’s Viking communities. At the Vikingeskibsmuseet (Viking Ship Museum), you can learn about this core of Viking culture, and experience a mini watery voyage of your own. The museum’s main hall houses five original 11th century ships, excavated in 1962 from nearby Roskilde Fjord.

On ‘Museum Island’, you can watch reconstructed ships being built (between May and October), and visit the museum’s vast Viking harbour. Sailing trips around the fjord run between May and September.

At the Tunet, or Viking meeting place, you can join in with craft and archery workshops, or you can learn more about the museum’s archeological work by visiting the Archeological Workshop.

Kids can experience a little of Viking life at ‘The Jetty’ – two full scale models of Viking ships with Viking clothes and games for them to try out. There’s a cinema showing a short film about the excavation of the ships, and guided tours – in English and Danish – are available on request.

Vikingeskibsmuseet Website.

Written by  Eleanor Dean.

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