Go Back  Fodor's Forum > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page > Viking Ship Museums and Open Air Museums
Notices

Viking Ship Museums and Open Air Museums

Reply

May 22nd, 2016, 12:36 PM
  #1
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 1,799
Viking Ship Museums and Open Air Museums

We hope to be in Copenhagen and Stockholm next summer (2017) I've seen comments here and there on Museums with Viking Ships, and Open Air Folk Museums ~ both in Denmark and around Stockholm.

Anyone care to comment on which are the best?
wrenwood is offline  
Reply With Quote
May 22nd, 2016, 01:33 PM
  #2
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 265
Oslo's Viking museum we loved. Stockholm's Skanson we liked.
FACS is offline  
Reply With Quote
May 22nd, 2016, 01:57 PM
  #3
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 3,990
Loved the Scanson (sp?) in Bardejov, Slovakia. Little cottages from all over the country were brought to this one place, and you could peer in the windows, into the past, and get a real sense of how people lived.
Bedar is offline  
Reply With Quote
May 22nd, 2016, 01:57 PM
  #4
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 2,911
Viking Ship Museums and Open Air Museums
Posted by: wrenwood on May 22, 16 at 3:36pm
We hope to be in Copenhagen and Stockholm next summer (2017) I've seen comments here and there on Museums with Viking Ships, and Open Air Folk Museums ~ both in Denmark and around Stockholm.
Anyone care to comment on which are the best?


I agree on the Viking ship museum in Oslo. Even more amazing is the (non-Viking) Kon-Tiki Museum featuring Thor Heyerdahl's little rafts. The guy was nuts to go to sea, but he proved his points, in both oceans.

In Stockholm do not miss the Vasa Museum.

Since you like ships, consider an overnight ferry to Helsinki. It's a party both ways. The buffet dinner is out of this world.
spaarne is offline  
Reply With Quote
May 22nd, 2016, 02:00 PM
  #5
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 3,838
In Denmark, the museum at Roskilde has viking ships.

http://www.vikingeskibsmuseet.dk/en/

The Vasa Museum in Stockholm is not Viking but is very impressive IMO.
Odin is offline  
Reply With Quote
May 22nd, 2016, 02:04 PM
  #6
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 22,540
Sockholm's museums are very good, but when it comes to Viking ships and the Open Air museum, Oslo's are clearly the best.

See: https://mytimetotravel.wordpress.com...navia-in-oslo/

and: https://mytimetotravel.wordpress.com...ays-stockholm/

But if you are only going to Copenhagen and Stockholm you should probably visit the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde:

https://mytimetotravel.wordpress.com...s-in-roskilde/
thursdaysd is online now  
Reply With Quote
May 22nd, 2016, 02:07 PM
  #7
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 3,219
And as Odin says… even tho it's not a Viking ship the Vasa Museum is not to be missed.
Gwendolynn is online now  
Reply With Quote
May 22nd, 2016, 05:18 PM
  #8
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 480
The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo is close to the Kon-Tiki museum and also the Museum of Cultural History, which is open air and brilliant. We spent most of a day there. Another vote for Skansen and the Vasa in Stockholm.
oliverandharry is offline  
Reply With Quote
May 22nd, 2016, 07:29 PM
  #9
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 4,145
Lots of great ship museums to see. Vasa museum in Stockholm is a must, as well as the Viking museum in Oslo. The Fram and Kon Tiki Museums in Oslo were also fantastic. We enjoyed the Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo, just down the street from the Viking Museum, as well as Skansen in Stockholm.
michele_d is online now  
Reply With Quote
May 23rd, 2016, 12:45 AM
  #10
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 3,838
In greater Copenhagen, you can see this folk museum, Frilandsmuseet

http://en.natmus.dk/museums/the-open-air-museum/
Odin is offline  
Reply With Quote
May 23rd, 2016, 01:36 AM
  #11
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 14,852
The Oslo viking ship museum is better than the Roskilde ship museum, but the Roskilde one has more smaller bits of ships, and is finding more every year (the local fjord is a ship's graveyard). Roskilde also houses the royal family's crypt in the cathedral so you can kill two birds with one stone by visiting this town

In terms of viking "forts" (NB vikings are not famous for their forts, being more of the raider type of person), by far the best is hidden away to the west of Slagelse. If you follow my name back to last summer I wrote up a bicycle trip to this amazing place. The museum attached is not big but full of interesting details, while the actual site is fascinating.

Like both countries you will find that everything is low key, so even wonderful objects are dealt with calmly. For instance the national museum in Copenhagen has some amazing flint knives (see one of the local bank notes to get a view of these things), in the museum, the best one, is given a box on its own and a light... but once you think about the work that went into it ......
bilboburgler is offline  
Reply With Quote
May 30th, 2016, 12:14 PM
  #12
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 1,799
Will not be in Slovakia or Oslo, but great to hear how much the museums near Copenhagen and Stockholm have been enjoyed.

bilboburgler, we want to go see Egeskov Castle, it doesn't look like the viking fort at Slagelse is far away, THANKS!
wrenwood is offline  
Reply With Quote
May 30th, 2016, 02:35 PM
  #13
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 3,566
My Opinion: having been to the Vasa Museum I would placed it near the bottom in a list of MUST see in Stockholm. First off, NOTHING to do with Viking history-- it is the salvaged reconstruction of a 17th century warship built by the Dutch that never saw war and barely saw water. Bored me to death and I am an engineer...

On the other hand, at 800 meters north, within walking distance is the Swedish History Museum, with one of the world's largest Viking exhibits, floors dedicated to the Middle Ages, Iron Age, just PHENOMENAL, true museum of history.

A no brainer.
Viajero2 is offline  
Reply With Quote
May 30th, 2016, 04:30 PM
  #14
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 11,447
We visited Den Gamly By (Old Town) in Arhus. It is a collection of nearly 70 reconstructed buildings collected from all over Denmark.

We really loved exploring this wonderful place.
Pegontheroad is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jun 2nd, 2016, 12:25 PM
  #15
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 2,911
Viajero2 on May 30, 16 at 5:35pm
My Opinion: having been to the Vasa Museum I would placed it near the bottom in a list of MUST see in Stockholm. First off, NOTHING to do with Viking history-- it is the salvaged reconstruction of a 17th century warship built by the Dutch that never saw war and barely saw water. Bored me to death and I am an engineer...


You have a few facts mixed in with your opinion, and a bit of misinformation. I saw the Vasa in its original above water "humidor" in 1976. My opinion: It was really fascinating. It was raised mostly intact so it is not really "reconstructed." It was built in Stockholm. Maybe a Dutch firm built it? Is that a fact or an opinion? I am an engineer.
spaarne is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jun 6th, 2016, 05:44 PM
  #16
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 3,566
spparne-- the Guide at the Vasa Museum emphasized many times the Dutch company who built the ship and pointed out many, many reconstructed areas. I reckoned maybe he had good background information...??? This Museum reminded me of a Disney World exhibit. Please notice I offered MY OPINION and did not felt the need to knocked anybody else's. I am so proud about that. Must be the engineer in me-- truly open to different perspectives.
Viajero2 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jun 6th, 2016, 05:54 PM
  #17
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 3,566
FUN FACT: On January 1625, King Gustav II Adolph of Sweden directed ship builders Henrik and Arend Hybertsson to design and oversee construction of four ships, including the War ship in the Vasa Museum.

Henrik Hybertsson was a Dutchborn master shipbuilder who owned a Dutch shipbuildinng business and was working at the time in the Stockholm Navy Yard in the early 17th century when he received the commission.
Viajero2 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jun 7th, 2016, 01:27 AM
  #18
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 3,838
We thought the Vasa Museum was very interesting & a must see, each to their own.
Odin is offline  
Reply With Quote
Jun 8th, 2016, 08:33 PM
  #19
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 4,145
We thought the Vasa Museum was very interesting also.
michele_d is online now  
Reply With Quote
Jun 10th, 2016, 06:57 PM
  #20
kja
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 17,184
I thought the Vasa (Stockholm) incredible! I also thoroughly enjoyed the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, but haven't been to Oslo yet. And I thought Skansen well worth more than the half-day I was able to give it. Enjoy!
kja is offline  
Reply With Quote
 



Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:46 PM.