Vikings Opens at the ROM

Image Credit: Thor’s hammer pendant  ID# SHM 9822:810   Credit: Swedish History Museum

Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park
When: Opens November 4, 2017
Cost: Adult $32, Child (4-14) $21, Senior (65+) $28, Student (with valid student card) and Youth (15-19) $26.50, Infants (0-3) free. Purchase tickets at

Details: Vikings offers visitors a fresh perspective on an ancient culture that challenges some of the commonly held myths and perceptions about the lives of the Norse people and this period of European history. Features interactive displays and nearly 500 original objects from the collections of the Swedish History Museum – many rarely seen outside of Scandinavia – that provide a window into the lives of these legendary explorers, artisans and craftspeople whose culture flourished between the 8th and the 11th centuries.

The exhibition is presented in sections that work together to explore the rich and often misunderstood history of Viking life and culture. Visitors will learn: The central role women played in Viking society, how religion shaped their thinking, and how Viking art and culture shaped Europe and beyond. VIKINGS provides a richer perspective from which to view these epoch-making people. What emerges is a fuller understanding of Europe and the world that was influenced by and that influenced this complex and richly-layered society.

Exclusive to the ROM, the exhibition includes a section on the Vikings in Canada that takes visitors back in time over1,000 years and explores the Vikings footprint in Canada. This section of the exhibition dives into the archaeology and history of the Norse on our East Coast, with objects from L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland; Baffin Island, Nunavut; as well as the ROM’s infamous Beardmore sword.

The exhibition also features two reconstructed Viking boats, the 13 foot Arby (3.95 meters), and the 32 foot Eik Sande (9.75 meters). Both vessels have been faithfully re-created using Viking processes and materials, providing visitors with insights into Norse boat-building techniques, and the symbolism and mythology of their ships.

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