The Vikings are invading Cincinnati!
About the Exhibit
Experience a myth-busting exhibition that has captivated millions of people around the world, as the largest collection of Viking artifacts to visit North America comes to Cincinnati.
Explore the rich, often-misunderstood Viking culture through a rare collection of artifacts and fresh insights revealed through new archaeological discoveries that gives you a real look into the lives of Vikings and shows why they continue to capture our imagination.
- Examine hundreds of thousand-year-old artifacts showing the work of highly skilled craftspeople who used many different materials, including textiles, wood, metal, bone, leather, glass and ceramics.
- Experience Viking daily life by engaging in activities that explore traditional clothing, competing in authentic Viking games, and testing your strength using an accurate model of a Viking sword.
- Learn about Norse mythology and see displays of beautifully crafted weapons and religious iconography, including the earliest known Scandinavian crucifix.
- Virtually excavate a Viking ship layer by layer, uncovering rich discoveries like weapons, tools, and animals, just as archaeologists do.
- Marvel at full-scale replica Viking ships, including the 25-foot Krampmacken and 21-foot Karl, plus a “Ghost Ship” represented in 3D by the boat’s original iron rivets.
- Walk alongside the longest Viking ship ever discovered, the 122-foot Roskilde 6, making its North American debut here in Cincinnati.
Vikings: Beyond the Legend is a joint venture between and produced by The Swedish History Museum in Sweden and MuseumsPartner in Austria. The Roskilde 6 display is a joint venture between and produced by The National Museum of Denmark and MuseumsPartner.
How did we do it? See how the Roskilde 6 was assembled by clicking here.
Jan 14: Vikings Design Challenge
Join us for a design challenge inspired by our Vikings special exhibit and use creative engineering and natural materials to solve a problem.
Saturday, January 14, 1 p.m. in Duke Energy Children's Museum
Free for Members or with Museum admission.
Feb 4: Dig deeper into Viking culture with Miami University
Professors from Miami University will host informal, interactive discussions on a variety of topics throughout the exhibition, including:
- Viking English Today with Patrick Murphy (Associate Professor, English):
Few English speakers know their everyday speech is shaped by long-gone Viking invaders. Contact with Old Norse in the medieval era gave the English tongue scores of common words, so that we can scarcely now speak without Viking lingo. Even our pronouns are Norse! But beyond all this, the Vikings left a far deeper scar on the structure of English itself, fundamentally altering its grammar. Come learn how!
- Rune Writing and Old Norse Language with Ruth H. Sanders (Professor Emerita, German) and Laura Thurston (2012 Alumni, Painting):
Runes: mysterious markings to us, a system of writing to the people of the North in Viking times, used from around AD 150 to 1100 for carving on stone or wood to mark graves or to make magic charms. We'll tell you a bit about the runes' history, show you how they represent sounds and words, and even write your name for you in runic script, if you like!
- Women's Work and Spinning with Leigh Winstead (Graduate Student, History):
Norse women used a simple drop spindle to make thread out of wool. Try it yourself, and learn about women’s lives in Viking farmsteads.
- Long Ships and Buildings with Gerardo Brown-Manrique (Architecture & Interior Design):
Learn about the similarities between Norse shipbuilding techniques and their constructions on land, whether for domestic or higher purpose.
- Swords, Thor, and Superheroes with Olivia Childs (Undergraduate Student, Education)
Saturday, February 4 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Special Exhibits Gallery
Admission is free with your ticket to Vikings: Beyond the Legend