Vikings in the News: The Vikings Exhibit at the Field Museum

Today I’m writing to tell you about the Chicago Field Museum’s new Viking Exhibit, which opens TOMORROW! YAY!

Now, for full disclosure, I am one of the volunteer docents on the exhibit. (And I’m just thrilled to be a part of it!) I’m not being asked to write this blog post, I’m just super excited to tell you all about this exhibit. I’ve also been going to the Field Museum since before I could walk, so I’m a huge fan of the place. What I did not realize until I grew up and started traveling is that few museums, with the exception of the museums in London, can compare to the Field Museum. It is truly an amazing place filled with an impressive collection of items, so if you have not visited this museum before I would recommend that you come by and check it out!

As for the Viking Exhibit itself, all I can say for now is that it is a FASCINATING show. The items of this exhibit are from the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm, and most of them have rarely been seen outside of Scandinavia before. As someone who has traveled to Norway to see the Oseberg Ship artifacts on display, the chance to see these magnificent artifacts without having to travel across the pond is an opportunity not to be missed. I am very impressed by how the exhibit seeks to shed new light on the Vikings and to dispel old misconceptions – which as you know, dear reader, is what I try to do all the time. In particular, I love how the exhibit focuses on the daily life of the Vikings, as it illustrates how individuals lived their lives in the Viking world. They were anything but barbarians, that’s for sure. So whether you’re new to the topic of Viking History or whether you love the subject like I do, there’s something to see and learn.

This exhibit also has some cool recreations of items too large or too fragile to bring to the US. Several of them are in the exhibit and I don’t want to spoil them for you. But one that has been getting a lot of press is this Viking boat, The Krampmacken!!! (Don’t you just love that name?)

Here you can see the video of them bringing the boat into the museum:

It’s currently chilling outside the exhibit, ready to take a selfie with you.

The Vikings Exhibit runs from February 27, 2015 to October 4, 2015. You have to buy a special ticket to see the exhibit, except if you are a member of the museum. More information about the exhibit can be found on the Field Museum’s website:

http://www.fieldmuseum.org/at-the-field/exhibitions/vikings

I’ll be doing tours or hanging around in the exhibit along with the other docents, so if you see one of us feel free to ask us any questions you may have about the exhibit. We’re here to help! Also, docents do daily tours around different parts of the museum, so if you want to learn more about the museum in general, just go to the info desk or look out for the cool people in the blue shirts.

That’s all for now! I’ll be back to my regular posts in the coming week.

-The Valkyrie

For more about how they brought the ship into the museum:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/02/05/viking-longboat-sails-into-field-museum-for-new-exhibit/http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/02/05/viking-longboat-sails-into-field-museum-for-new-exhibit/

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