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The Viking Ship
The Viking ship exhibit is closed for the winter.

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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book cover VIKING
from Norway to America

by R. E. Rasmussen,

... 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.

Makes a Great Gift!



Viking after launching


View a documentary about the Viking Ship on Vimeo. HERE.





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, September., and 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!



For kids:

download a coloring sheet
a Viking girl
a Viking boy

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