The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde offers an incredible insight into the world of the Vikings and their era. You will be amazed by the five original Viking vessels from the 11th-century, as well as "The Glendalough Sea Stallion".
The museum is made up of two main sections – the Viking Ship Hall, where the vessels are kept; and the Boatyard, where archaeological work takes place. In addition, there are guided daily tours during the peak season, weekends and public holidays in May, June and September.
The five Viking vessels originate from a blockade approximately 20 km north of Roskilde. They were built during the 11th-century as an act of defense against enemy naval attacks on the city which at that time was the capital.
At the Boatyard, the boat building tradition and culture of the Viking Age is communicated through working boat builders and exhibitions showing the historical background. The boatyard specializes in reconstructions of prehistoric boats in full scale. The boatyard is open to the public on weekdays all year round, and also on weekends from 16 May to 30 September.
In the Viking Ship Hall, you will be given a unique opportunity of seeing the impressive "Thoroughbred of the Seas" project which took the Glendalough Sea Stallion to Dublin and back in 2007–2008.
In the Jetty, you can get aboard a merchant vessel filled with goods and warship equipment for battle. You can dress up like a Viking and let your imagination take you back to the Viking times.
At Tunet, the Viking meeting place, specialists exhibit Viking handcrafts such as metal work, wood carving or rope making. During summer, you can try coin minting, visit the jewelry workshop or paint your own shield.
In addition, you are given the opportunity of joining one of the sailing trips from the Museum Harbor. In other words, you will get to experience what it was like to be a Viking on board a Viking ship.
For opening hours and prices, please check the homepage.
Sailing trips on Roskilde Fjord
From 1st May to 30th September, we sail out on Roskilde Fjord everyday with pre-booked corporate groups, school children and international group-visitors – and no doubt we also have an offer that suits you and your group. Take your family or friends with you for a special experience in an historical context, but with modern safety standards.
1th May to 30th September we offer daily one-hour sailings. The tickets are sold following the principle 'first-come' from 10:00 o'clock on the day of the sailing as additional tickets to the entrance ticket.
Entrance to the Museum is included in the price when booking sailing tickets from home.
The Museum’s boat collection of reconstructed Viking ships and other traditional boat types from the North, are an integral and active part of our education and outreach program. Many of the boats were built at the Museum’s own boatyard and a sailing trip is the perfect way to complete your visit.
Find out more by following the links below or ring our booking office. They will help you arrange the perfect event.
|01/01/2017 - 10/02/2017||Monday - Sunday||10:00 - 16:00|
|11/02/2017 - 26/02/2017||Monday - Sunday||10:00 - 17:00|
|27/02/2017 - 08/04/2017||Monday - Sunday||10:00 - 16:00|
|09/04/2017 - 17/04/2017||Monday - Sunday||10:00 - 17:00|
|18/04/2017 - 30/04/2017||Monday - Sunday||10:00 - 16:00|
|01/05/2017 - 22/10/2017||Monday - Sunday||10:00 - 17:00|
|23/10/2017 - 30/12/2017||Monday - Sunday||10:00 - 16:00|