Warriors, Valkyries, explorers and merchants – what do we really know about those we call Vikings?
On its first North American stop, “Vikings: Lives Beyond the Legends” came ashore at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria. The international exhibition, which runs through to November 11, 2014, is informed by recent discoveries and provides fascinating insights into the Viking era.
Artifacts, interactive computer displays and hands-on educational activities help tell the story of the Viking people, illustrating who they really were and how they lived.
“Vikings” challenges commonly held beliefs and misperceptions of the mythical period, breaking through stereotypes as the Vikings emerge in a fascinating new light. The exhibition focuses on the period known as the Viking Age (between 750 and 1100 CE) in Scandinavia, and events in nearby Europe more than a thousand years ago.
Produced by the Swedish History Museum, Sweden, and Museums Partner in Austria, the exhibition features more than 500 rare artifacts, jewelry, swords, axes, and clothing. Many of the pieces have never been shown outside Scandinavia.
The objects reveal fascinating details, offering glimpses into domestic life, family and community, religion and rituals, travel and trade, aristocracy and slavery, Viking women, and more. Stunning artifacts and interactive displays provide insights into the significance of the craft, the power of their mythology and the symbolism of their ships.
The exhibition also provides opportunities for visitors of all ages to explore Viking culture through learning programs and public lectures.
IMAX Victoria in the Royal BC Museum is screening a companion film to the exhibition, “Vikings: Journey to the New Worlds,” a 40-minute large-format documentary film that will provide a comprehensive snapshot of the Vikings, their historical and cultural impact, as well as scientific and technological achievements. Special Royal BC Museum and IMAX combo pricing is available.
Tickets for Vikings are available in advance, online or at the Royal BC Museum Box Office. For more information, visit www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca or call 1-888-447-7977.