Viking exhibit will be first to raid Royal Alberta Museum’s new feature gallery

The Royal Alberta Museum announced this week that the inaugural exhibit at its new 3,660 square-metre feature gallery will be "Vikings: Beyond the Legend.". CREDIT:

Viking culture has been experiencing somewhat of a renaissance of late if you judge by TV shows, so it’s fitting that the Norse seafarers will be the focus of an exhibit at an Edmonton gallery experiencing somewhat of a renaissance of its own.

The Royal Alberta Museum announced this week that the inaugural exhibit at its new 3,660 square-metre feature gallery will be “Vikings: Beyond the Legend.”

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“The largest international touring exhibition of Viking artifacts opens at the new Royal Alberta Museum this spring,” the museum said in a news release.

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According to the museum, artifacts featured in the exhibit will include a reconstruction of the 37-metre Roskilde 6, the longest Viking warship ever found. It features 1,000-year-old wooden planks and metal supports “showing the ship’s original lines.”

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The display of more than 650 artifacts will also feature jewelry, swords, coins and tools from the ninth to tenth centuries that can be viewed, and the exhibit will be rounded out with interactive experiences and augmented reality.

“We are excited to see the new Royal Alberta Museum host its first feature exhibition,” said Ricardo Miranda, Alberta’s minister of culture and tourism. “This is another example of opportunities the museum brings to Albertans, so I encourage everyone to go feed their curiosity this April.”

The Royal Alberta Museum’s executive director said “Viking history still resonates today” and the exhibit will help explain why to visitors.

“Beyond their legendary reputation as warriors, these skilled artisans, farmers, traders and explorers influenced much of our modern society,” Chris Robinson said. “We are honoured to host this world-class exhibition.”

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The exhibit is a joint venture between the National Museum of Denmark and MuseumsPartner in Austria.

“Vikings: Beyond the Legend” runs from April 18 to Oct. 20. Tickets will be available on the museum’s website.

The Royal Alberta Museum’s new location in downtown Edmonton opened in October 2018.

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