Scan Magazine, Issue 140, March 2022

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Swedish Culture Special

Where myth meets truth Although the Viking era ended long ago, Stockholm’s dedicated Viking Museum continues to grow, evolve and attract. It’s the ideal place to learn more about this historical epoch, and a fantastic destination to feed curiosity – for adults and children alike.

Viking era, told in innovative and interactive ways. You’ll meet the Vikings through films, scenery, projections and sound effects, as well as archaeological objects.

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There are guided tours available throughout the day in both Swedish and English, led by the museum’s knowledgeable guides. Dressed in Viking gear to look the part, the guides will answer any questions you might have and share their specialised expertise. Many of them are professional archaeologists, which means that the tours will be slightly different depending on who’s leading it.

Photos: The Viking Museum

Recent years have seen a spike in the general interest in Vikings. This is hardly surprising, considering the wave of Viking-themed TV shows, films and games that have been released for the public to indulge in. For the Viking Museum, this is great from an awareness and diversity point of view, as the demand for Viking knowledge comes from all different directions. “Not only do we welcome children who are learning about Vikings in school, but we also have visitors from all over the world who are simply curious about this mythical period in Scandinavian history,” explains Anne Charlotte Ytter, museum director. 50 |

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An interactive experience So, who were the Vikings? Were they brutal, vicious looters, or is there more to their story? Pay a visit to the Viking Museum for a thorough introduction to the

The Norse mythology is present everywhere, and the museum’s many replicas let you explore life as a Viking with all your senses. “Visitors will learn about raids, journeys and mastery in ship building, but also about everyday life at the farm,” says Ytter.