One of the oldest and best science museums in the country, The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia dives deep into the Viking Age with artifacts, replicas and re-enactments with its new Vikings: Beyond the Legend exhibition.
Visitors can get a fresh take on Viking culture and the Scandinavian explorers’ impact on the modern world during the six-month-long show.
VIKINGS FAST FACTS
- Vikings: Beyond the Legend runs October 13, 2018 through March 3, 2019.
- The 122-foot recreated Roskilde 6 ship is made partially of original planks.
- More than 600 archaeological finds are on loan from the National Museum of Denmark.
Vikings: Beyond the Legend gives visitors a new perspective on Viking culture through an exploration of artifacts that include swords, armor, clothing, crafts and jewelry.
On display in the United States for only the second time, the 122-foot recreated Roskilde 6 ship is the exhibition centerpiece. The ship dates back to circa 1025, and was excavated in 1997. At The Franklin Institute, the Roskilde 6 is surrounded by a multimedia sound and light show with augmented-reality interactives.
Museum visitors can participate in a digital archeological dig, get up close with a Viking grave marker and row their own Viking ship through stormy seas.
The exhibition aims to bust some of the myths and misconceptions about Vikings, including their reputation for raiding voyages. Among the artifacts in Vikings: Beyond the Legend are combat shields that doubled as wave blockers, swords that were as much status symbols as weapons and grooming tools made from deer antlers and whale bones.
Viking culture extends beyond The Franklin Institute’s walls at special events and pop-ups during the exhibition’s run.
A partnership with the Center City District brings Viking-themed trivia to Dilworth Park every Tuesday from November 13 through February 19, where guests can win exhibition tickets and prizes, plus meet the reenactor Erik the Viking.
Aston’s 2SP Brewing is making Franklin Fjord Ale with a native Norwegian yeast strain. The Viking ale will be available at The Franklin’s Science After Hours events, and at select bars and restaurants starting in November.
Special exhibition tickets are required for Vikings: Beyond the Legend and include general admission during regular museum hours.
Timed tickets to this special exhibition are available online now and at the museum ticketing desk, though we recommend booking in advance. Note that members do receive discounted exhibition admission.
Daytime tickets (entry from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) include general admission to The Franklin Institute are $35 for adults and $31 for children ages three through 11.
Evening tickets (entry from 5 to 6:30 p.m.) to the special exhibition do not include general museum admission (regular museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) are $20 for adults and $15 for children ages three through 11.
Note that general admission to The Franklin Institute remains available, too, and the special exhibition can be added as an additional charge.
Tickets are available online. Vikings: Beyond the Legend runs through March 3, 2019.
Make plans to travel back to the Viking Age to learn more about the Nordic explorers who helped shape the modern world.