Viking entering New York Harbor

Friends of the Viking Ship



The Viking ship exhibit is closed for the season.
Plan to visit in 2016.

Can you help?
Many parts of the Viking and pieces that traveled with her have disappeared. We appeal to those who might know of their whereabouts and request their return. We are accepting donations of items and memorabilia relating to the Viking.
Items will be properly cataloged, and may be used as a part of the Viking ship exhibit.


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Many improvements have been made to the exhibit. The viewing ramp allows visitors to see inside the ship.

new ramp

Oars are displayed on newly built display racks.

oars and flagpoles

Loose deck boards have been cleaned, numbered and stored in protective boxes.

The steel cradle is being cleaned, sanded and painted a light grey.

The yard is mounted up off the ground.


And our educational posters continue to inform those who visit the Viking ship exhibit.


The current location of the Viking in Geneva, Illinois, is temporary. The ship is fragile and must be moved to a permanent site before exposure to time and the elements do permanent damage. FOVS must keep the ship within Illinois, but that still leaves a wide range of places where it could find a permanent home.

The Location Committee of the Board of the FOVS is working on recommendations for a permanent location. Committee members are considering historical and cultural questions as well as real estate considerations. Among its criteria are climate control, museum resources, and wide accessibility. Ideally, the FOVS seeks to partner with an organization with curating and educational professionals that are ready to help preserve and promote the Viking.

Any suggestions to Committee Chairman, Mr. Roar Broch, email, will be carefully considered and very much appreciated.

Before making any recommendations to the full FOVS Board, the Committee will engage advice and comment from a wide-range of sources and compile a comprehensive report that weighs the positives and negatives of alternatives. The FOVS board will then prioritize the choices and move forward, keeping in mind that the ship must be installed in its permanent home by 2020.

project sign

$52,000 grant allowed us to clean and begin to stabilize the ship..

Currently the FOVS continues to stabilize the ship. Emergency stabilization was provided in 2008. Stabilization of the keel was completed in 2014. Hull supports were installed in 2015.

Eventually we will need to clean and stabilize all of Viking's iron rivets.

Please, help us. Rescue a Rivet Today!

Viking ship construction methods

Karla's Videos & Photos.



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