The Vikings

from: 10.09.2014 to: 04.01.2015

An exhibition presented by the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) in conjunction with the National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, and the British Museum, London.

From the Baltic, the Vikings ventured as far west as North America and as far east as the Black Sea, in a period of expansion in which they were not only feared as raiders and pillagers, but also greeted as traders and settlers. Through their travels, they came into contact with numerous, vastly differing societies and cultures. As its central theme, the exhibition explores this recipicity of influence and the diverse cultural contacts which the Vikings fostered. Drawing on the latest archaeological and historical research, the exhibition will include recent, major excavation finds, now presented to the wider public for the first time.

The centrepiece of the display is a vessel from Roskilde, which stands as an impressive symbol of the Viking Age; measuring 37 metres in length, it is the longest warship from this epoch ever to be found. The exhibition is divided into four thematic strands which branch off from the warship and lead the visitor through the presentation, with each theme illustrated by an array of spectacular exhibits. The strands are titled: 'War and Conquest', 'Power and Dominion', 'Faith and Ritual', and 'Contacts and Exchange'. The exhibition features splendid warrior graves and weapons finds, rich grave goods for affluent women, archaeologically important settlement finds, as well as evidence of cultic and religious practices of enormous historical value.

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Visitor entrance

Niederkirchnerstr. 7
10963 Berlin

Sun 10:00 - 19:00
Mon 10:00 - 19:00
Tue closed
Wed 10:00 - 19:00
Thu 10:00 - 19:00
Fri 10:00 - 19:00
Sat 10:00 - 19:00

Opening times on public holidays Plan your visit
Special Opening Hours of the Martin-Gropius-Bau between 24 December 2014 and 4 January 2015

Christmas Eve, Wed 24 December 2014: closed
Christmas Day, Thu 25 December 2014: open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fri 26 December 2014: open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat 27 December - Tue 30 Dec: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
New Year's Eve, Wed 31 December 2014: close
Thu 1 January - Sun 4 January: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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100,00 EUR Concessions 50,00

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Preparations in full swing for "The Vikings"


The Vikings - Anchors away! - the Roskilde 6


Avoid the queues, book tickets for "The Vikings" now


A real Viking longship visits Berlin, 6-14 September


'The Vikings' officially opened by Danish Queen and German President


Behind the Scenes: The Vikings: no question of seafaring romance.
Interview with Matthias Wemhoff and Bernhard Heeb of the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte (Museum of Prehistory and Early History)


'The Vikings': 100,000 visitors and counting


Extended opening hours for 'The Vikings'


A great success: Vikings attract 180,000 visitors!