Join the Vikings
The National Museum of Denmark's new Raid exhibition has opened its doors in a ceremony led by HM Queen Margrethe II. In just 12 months, we have taken this exhibition from competition to completion to opening.
The exhibition has opened to critical acclaim with press reviews recognising it as marking a new era in the museum's long-term transformation. Denmark's national newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, described the exhibition as 'innovative, impressive and eye-opening' writing that 'one has never before experienced such an exhibition at the National Museum. Not only can you see here for the first time a wealth of finds that have been hidden in the museum's depots, but the very way in which it is all exhibited and presented is completely innovative. When you leave the exhibition, the Viking Age has come right under your skin, and you feel you have come very close to these warriors, adventurers and people for better or worse.'
A tale of two halves
The star of the exhibition is a giant Viking warship, known as Roskilde 6. At 37.4 meters long, the warship is the largest known and could be connected to King Cnut the Great.
The Raid is a tale of two halves. The first part of the experience displays spectacular treasures and looks at the techniques archaeologists use to paint a picture of everyday life in the age of the Vikings - what they looked like, what they ate, how they dressed. The second part of the experience is an immersive, cinematic journey. The Roskilde 6 appears to come back to life as visitors join the Vikings on a raid, plunder a city and engage in battle on the high seas.