Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde

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Transport yourself back to the age of the Vikings at Viking Ship Museum. View archeological treasures and exhibits dedicated to the ancient craft of boat building, and learn more about Viking life and history. Don't miss the five traditional vessels that were recovered, restored, and are now moored in the shipyards outside. Stop by one of the demonstrations that occur throughout the day, including rope making, basketry, boat building, and cooking. The museum location offers great views of the fjord. Take a look at our Roskilde online day trip planner to schedule your visit to Viking Ship Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This was my favorite part of our Denmark trip. We rented a vehicle just for the day to drive to Roskilde for the Viking Ship museum. Once you pay to get in you have access to all of the stations. Insi...  more »
  • This is a must see for those interested in Viking ships, life, etc. Would recommend seeing the introductory video and then taking a free 45 minute guided tour. Our guide was quite well informed and di...  more »
  • Visit obliged, the Museum apart from containing the remains of boats has a room with period costumes and boats in actual size. In a fjord, we liked especially to children
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  • This place is really amazing. We took our four active boys there and they had so much fun. Lunch at the cafe that serves authentic Viking recipes was beautiful and the short film about the museum was just the right length to hold their attention so they knew what they were looking at. But they play area with the dress up and Vikings boats was just the best. Highly recommend this place!
  • Amazing experience. If you're interested to learn about Viking Age ships, this is the place to go. Five original ships are on display. The original parts are cleverly attached to a modern, minimalist skeleton, to give you the best impression of the complete ship. If you instead want the most lively impression possible, just walk into their harbour filled with handmade replicas or watch one being built before your eyes. Even sailing along with one of the ships is possible. This will cost you considerably more, but what you pay is used to support this project which amazingly blends practical and historical research to keep our knowledge of a past age alive.
  • Great experience if you are interested in boats or the Vikings. Very informative with fantastic staff to give you all the explanation you would need about Vikings and their lifestyle. Will be able to see 5 sunken Viking boats that have been salvaged and actual sized model of the boats made using ancient toolings and methods. Be prepared to spend about 1-2 hours at this museum.
  • The Viking Ship Museum is a part of the Oslo City Pass experience so if you're taking the ferry or bus to Bygdoy island, this should be one of your first stops. The museum is small, so it won't take you long at all to get through and it features three large Viking Ships. The space the ships are in is sort of odd for the type of structures it's holding, but there are stairs to get a more arial view of them so absolutely take advantage of that, you'll get much better pictures that way. There are some really neat artifacts here as well and of course, there's a gift shop. It's crazy to think that these ships, which are still intact all these years later were on the rough seas. It's remarkable, really if you think about it, but sadly, the thing that makes this museum not five stars is the fact that I felt it difficult to actually learn anything about them other than the fact that they are salvaged Viking Ships. It wasn't easy to really get information about the ships, but nonetheless it's a really cool thing to see so I still would recommend anyone visiting to check this museum out.
  • Enjoyed this museum, especially the explanations of the types of rope and trees and how the ships were constructed. The actual ships were also very interesting but as I had somebody with a wheelchair it was very difficult to get access to all areas. The modern building with 'protected status' was on different levels, connected by steps with no lift. Unless your wheelchair can be lifted with the occupant in it, or the person can walk up stairs, then the main attraction is only partially accessible. This is why it only achieved 4 stars. Great museum, disappointing access arrangements.

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Tailor your Roskilde vacation by choosing a hotel, hostel, or bed and breakfast near any of the city's major attractions. If you are in town specifically to explore its Viking heritage, stay along the harbor directly adjacent to the Viking museum. To take in the historical old town, pick from a number of options, including Denmark's oldest hotel. If you've come for the famous Roskilde Festival, you'll want to stay close to the fairgrounds. Scenic hotels or peaceful campgrounds along the the Roskilde Fjord, just a five-minute drive from the city center, offer a quiet alternative to city activity.
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