Franklin Institute unveils Vikings exhibit

The 16,000-square-foot exhibit features interactive elements and three full-size replica ships.

SOURCE: FRANKLIN INSTITUTE

The Franklin Institute on Saturday unveiled its Vikings: Beyond the Legend exhibit.

The media got a tour a few days before, as Franklin Institute CEO Larry Dubinski and National Museum of Denmark curator Peter Pentz outlined the exhibit. Dubinski noted that the Franklin Institute is the most visited museum in Pennsylvania.

The event also included live blacksmithing, an Erik the Viking reenactor and historian and Lynn Noel as Gudrid the Wanderer: First Viking Woman in the New World. The exhibit, which runs through March 3, 2019, features some 600 archaeological discoveries, such as elaborate jewelry and coins, on loan from the National Museum of Denmark. It presents Vikings as skilled artisans, farmers, traders and explorers who set sail from Scandinavia centuries ago in search of new lands.

The 16,000-square-foot exhibit also includes interactive elements and three full-size replica ships.

“The sea took many victims,” Pentz said, adding that sailing and shipbuilding are the core of the exhibition.

In many ways, Dubinski said, the exhibit is a contrast to the image of Vikings as brutal raiders.

To buy tickets, call 215–448–1200 or visit fi.edu ••