The BP Exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend – British Museum - Closed


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Discover the Viking world in this major exhibition – the first at the British Museum for over 30 years. The Viking Age (800–1050) was a period of major change across Europe. The Vikings expanded from their Scandinavian homelands to create an international network connecting cultures over four continents, where artistic, religious and political ideas met.

The Vikings’ skill in shipbuilding and seafaring was central to their culture and achievements, and at the heart of the exhibition will be the surviving timbers of a 37-metre-long warship. Found in 1997, and dating to around 1025, it is the longest Viking ship ever discovered.

Many other new discoveries, including part of a mass grave of Viking warriors, will be on display showing how our understanding of the Vikings is still being changed by new excavations and recent research.

Enter a world of warriors, seafarers and conquerors to discover the many fascinating aspects of a history that is both strangely alien yet remarkably familiar.

The exhibition is supported by BP and organised with the National Museum of Denmark and the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Images: Sword, late 8th–early 9th century. Kalundborg or Holbæk, Zealand, Denmark. Photo: Arnold Mikkelsen. © The National Museum of Denmark. Background: Kim Westerskov/Getty Images.