Viking entering New York Harbor

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The Viking Ship will be open to visitors, between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m., on
April 19, May 17, July 19, August 16, and September 20 --- June 15 extended hours, additional fees

The Viking is a replica of the Gokstad ship. In 1893, under Captain Magnus Andersen, she sailed across the Atlantic (from Bergen, Norway to New York) and on to the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago (via the Erie Canal and Great Lakes).

HISTORY

Declared one of the 10 most endangered landmarks in Illinois, this important, irreplaceable piece of our nation's and region's history must be preserved.

PRESERVATION

Learn of endangered landmarks status in Illinois at
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View a documentary about the Viking Ship on Vimeo. MORE.

Viking after launching
Image: Vesterheim Museum Archives

The purpose of “Friends of the Viking Ship, N.F.P.” (FOVS) is: to facilitate the preservation of the 1893 Viking Ship as an important artifact from the Columbian Exposition, and to advocate its public display in a permanent museum setting with adequate security and climate control. To accomplish this goal, FOVS will raise funds for its protection and preservation, and for interpretation of its history. FOVS will also seek appropriate partners who share our mission of securing an optimal long-term home.

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Friends of the Viking Ship, NFP
P. O. Box 3571
St Charles IL 60174

Once on display in Chicago's Lincoln Park, the ship is now located in Geneva, IL

the Viking ship in Lincoln Park Viking ship in Geneva, IL
Images: Vesterheim Museum Archives and L.Straw

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The Viking Ship Exhibit will be open from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on the 3rd Saturday of the months of April and May... July, August, and September. October dates TBA.

June 15 will have extended hours and additional fees.

Docent led tours begin every 30 minutes. Last "Tour" begins at 3:30 PM


For kids:
download a coloring sheet
a Viking girl
a Viking boy

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