Go Back in Time with Vikings at The Canadian Museum of History!

The Vikings have been putting their mark on various different societies for centuries, and now you can learn all about it! The Museum of Canadian History is showing the exhibit Vikings to help display who this famous group of people were and to set the record straight about certain aspects of their lives while they lived. When asked to visit this exhibit, the history buff in me jumped all over this opportunity. I had studied this group of people while in high school and university because I found them so fascinating, and could not wait to see what this exhibit has in store for me.

 

Vikings Feature Photo Reese Speaks

 

Vikings were not the bearded barbarians with horned helmets we have come to think they were through literature and film. Vikings features a beautiful array of interactive displays and 500 amazing artifacts from The Swedish History Museum, with some of these pieces rarely being displayed outside of Sweden. In this acclaimed international exhibition, Vikings shows visitors a fabled Scandinavian culture that was refined, complex and was able to achieve much while they existed.

Once inside of the exhibit, it felt as though I had entered a mythical realm while being in a very modern space. There are prints on the walls of various Scandinavian landscapes to give visitors a feel of where the Vikings lived.

 

Vikings Scandinavian Landscape Photo Reese Speaks

 

From there, you are directed towards seeing different aspects of Viking life and what the major groups of people were like with some of the artifacts in display cases found in their graves. Fun fact: women of the Viking Age were on more of an equal level to men than in later times as long as they were not slaves.

 

 

It was also fun to see what farm life was like for the Vikings. This exhibit displayed a taste of what it was like in video wall/artifact displays that I thought was done in a clever way. On the other side of this displays was a section, visitors could also touch some of the artifacts such as sheepskin and other materials. My kids really enjoyed getting to be able to sit down and feel for themselves what some of these pieces felt like. They really enjoyed this part of Vikings.

Fashion lovers, rejoice! Besides all of the lovely pieces of jewellery in this exhibit, there is a section where some Viking clothing is featured. My daughter, the mini fashionista she is, spent some time admiring some of the pieces on display.

 

Vikings Fashion Reese Speaks

 

Another part of Vikings I found interesting was their interactive touch screen showing how the Vikings believed the world was created. Visitors are able to touch the screen and see the different areas of the world the Vikings lived and the realms where the various Norse gods ruled.

 

Vikings Touch Screen Collage

 

I left one of the most important aspects of Viking life, and this exhibit, for last: boats! The Vikings are known for being a sea-faring people. A large part of this exhibit is dedicated to these vessels. From travel to burial, boats were at the heart of Viking life. I loved seeing the rivet display and the row boat for all to see and admire.

 

Vikings Boat Collage Photo Reese Speaks - Copy

 

Whether you have a love for history, food, fashion or transportation, Vikings is an exhibit to visit. Audiences of all ages will find something to marvel on their visit back in time, and will be able to take something away from it. Vikings will be at the Canadian Museum of History until April 17, 2016.

For more details about Vikings, you can connect with The Canadian Museum of History on their Facebook and Twitter pages!

Disclaimer: I was compensated admission to the Canadian Museum of History in order to conduct this review. The opinions I shared are all my own.

13 Comments

  1. Heinz Reese

    February 13, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Hi Reese. I am another Reese! I’m Heinz Reese. I live in Fernie BC and I am the North American representative of MuseumsPartner, and Austrian company that has partnered with the Swedish History on the Vikings exhibition. I have been working for the past 4 years in bringing the exhibition to Canada and the US. If you and your readers want to know more about our tour, you can go to my updates on my website.

    1. Reese Speaks

      February 14, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks for the info and for checking out my post, Heinz! I will definitely pop over to see what else is happening with this exhibit!

  2. Louise

    February 16, 2016 at 5:54 am

    This looks like a great activity for the kids! Thanks for sharing and we may check it out.

  3. 1heart1family

    February 16, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    This looks like a great experience! I would love to take my kids to that! They enjoy seeing how other people lived in the past!

    1. Reese Speaks

      February 23, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks 1heart1family! They would love that there are pieces they can touch and interact with throughout the exhibit.

  4. oldermommystill

    February 17, 2016 at 9:09 am

    History is a fascinating subject but with kids, just reading about it may be boring. However, hands-on exhibits like this one bring it all to life and is a great way for a child to learn.

    1. Reese Speaks

      February 23, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks Older Mommy Still. History does come alive with this exhibit. Children would learn a lot from it

  5. paula schuck

    February 17, 2016 at 9:13 am

    My kids really are into museums and history. This Viking exhibit sounds fascinating! Also I think the fashion would be a part of the exhibit that captivates all of us here.

    1. Reese Speaks

      February 23, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks Paula! It was fun to see what they wore and accessorized with in the different levels of a Viking society. You would love to look at it all.

  6. Sandy

    February 17, 2016 at 10:54 am

    This exhibit looks great! Love all the artifacts…and the fact that adults and kids can actually touch some of the exhibit! I love when they allow visitors to do that. Not surprised this exhibit was so good. The Canadian Museum of History always has top-knotch exhibits. I’ve loved every one I’ve ever gone to see!

    1. Reese Speaks

      February 23, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks Sandy! The Canafian Museum of History always has great exhibits to offer its bisitors, and Vikings is an excellent one to visit. I felt I got more out of this exhibit by getting to touch some of its pieces.

  7. Heather Lynne (@raisingmemories)

    February 17, 2016 at 11:00 am

    What a cool exhibit. My kids love it when there are dress-up options 😉 Touch screens are big with them too- love all of the different ways to present information and the ways that they find to use them!

    1. Reese Speaks

      February 23, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks Heather! This exhibit did provide so many different ways to share how Vikings lived. We learned a lot from Vikings on our visit.

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