Viking entering New York Harbor

Friends of the Viking Ship



The Viking Ship
The Viking ship exhibit in Geneva, IL, is closed for the winter.

The Viking is an exact replica of the Gokstad. 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).


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.


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An exhibit at the Field Museum
February 27—October 4, 2015VikingsVikings, organized by the Swedish History Museum in Sweden, in partnership with MuseumsPartner in Austria, is coming to the Field Museum.

a replica ship is part of this exhibit

small replica  on truck
Krampmacken is 27 feet long

to Scandinavia

Wednesday, March 18
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
at the Field Museum

Join the Field Museum and the Scandinavian-American community for a curated viewing of the new exhibition, "Vikings."

Enjoy live Scandinavian music, sample appetizers from local Scandinavian restaurants, and more.
Please indicate that you learned of this event from Friends of the Viking Ship.

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Viking after launching
Viking is 78 feet long and is now located in Geneva, Illinois.

View a documentary about this Viking ship that sailed from Norway to Chicago in 1893 HERE.

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.


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

in 2015

The Viking Ship Exhibit will be open from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on the 3rd Saturday of the months of April through October.

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

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See the Ship!
Hear the Story!

from Norway to America

by R. E. Rasmussen,
book cover

... a personal account by one the Viking's crewmen of his adventures before, during and after the historic voyage from Bergen, Norway to Chicago in 1893.

now available for purchase!
$23.50 inc. shipping & handling

Order with PayPal or by mail HERE.

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