Cruise ship visitors to Stockholm have long wondered why there is no Viking museum in Sweden’s capital city. This is set to change, as in Spring 2017, “Vikingaliv – life of vikings” will open in the Djurgården district. Djurgården attracts over seven million visitors a year and is a logical site for the new museum.
The privately owned museum will open April 29th and be sited between Gröna Lund and the Vasa Museum. It aims to educate and specifically to dispel many of the enduring myths about the vikings.
“We will crush many myths. Not only the one about horned helmets”, said Ulf Larsson, CEO of Vikingatid.
Olof Stenhammar, one of the founders of the museum said, “It feels really exciting to finally breathe life into the Vikings’ history and build an eagerly awaited Viking attraction. Until now there hasn’t been an obvious experience of this kind for adults out on Djurgården and I hope that many people will be pleased that Vikingaliv is finally taking off”.
Dick Harrison, a professor of history and Vikingaliv’s scientific authority says, “The vikings are some of the most misrepresented figures in Sweden. Barely anything the tourism industry is saying about them is true”.
The museum will highlight the experience of a viking couple, Ragnfrid and Harald in the year 963 as set out on an expedition to save their family’s economy.