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What do we really know about the people we call Vikings?

Explore the objects from the touring exhibition ”we call them VIKINGS”, an exhibition which challenges our picture of the Viking Age. From May 2012 and for several years on it will be shown in a number of European museums before continuing the tour to North America in 2017.

The exhibition deals with the period between 750 and 1100 CE in Scandinavia. The Viking Age story is told with the help of a large number of unique objects from the Swedish History Museum (Historiska museet) in Stockholm, objects that have rarely been shown outside Scandinavia.

Different themes in the exhibition provide insights into Viking domestic life, death rituals, the significance of their craft, the power of mythology and the symbolism of their ships. Common stereotypes are removed and the Vikings manifest themselves in a new, more nuanced and fascinating light.

The exhibition is a joint production between the Swedish History Museum and MuseumsPartner and studio-exhibit from Austria.

Demo film of the exhibition design:

Confirmed Venues:
Drents, Museum Assen, the Netherlands:
May 1 – Oct 28, 2012

National Museums of Scotland:
Feb 2013 – May/June 2013

Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney: Sept 19 2013 - Feb 2 2014

Royal BC Museum, Victoria: May 16 2014 - Nov 11 2014

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