Viking entering New York Harbor

Friends of the Viking Ship



In 2016, the Viking ship exhibit will be open from 1:00-4:00 PM on:
May 21, June 19*, June 25 & 26, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15

*June 19 has extended hours and, additional fees

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

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

Once displayed in Chicago's Lincoln Park, Viking is now located in Geneva, IL

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


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

in 2016

The Viking Ship Exhibit will open in April. Come see the improvements made in 2015!

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

See the Ship!
Hear the Story!

Read 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!
$24.00 inc. shipping & handling

Order with PayPal or by mail HERE.

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